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November 5, 2018

To Be Precise: Implications for Manufacturers

robotics in fluid application

There once was a time when precision in manufacturing meant working within tolerances of less than an inch. Then it was less than a centimeter. Then a millimeter. Now precision is measured in microns. And the reason: robotics.

General Motors introduced robotics into the manufacturing supply chain in 1961, integrating a repetitive task assembly process via robotics into a rolling high-speed assembly line. Since then, more companies have rapidly embraced robotics for their manufacturing supply chains. There’s a simple reason: cost. With the addition of robotics, organizations realize decreased downtime and an increase in speed and quality.

According to FutureScape research conducted by the International Data Corporation, robotics in manufacturing will increase significantly in the next three years, with a 17% annual compounded growth rate. With this revolution comes a need for even more precision and speed, affecting how fluid applications will impact these robotics workflows.

Luckily, Designetics understands, embraces and champions precision in its fluid application systems and solutions. For manual applicators, Designetics employs a rigorous series of manufacturing checks, ensuring that applicators are built to stringent specifications. After all, poor quality in an applicator could create issues with how the robot was programmed to operate.

Robotic System Integration

Designetics also integrates with client robotics systems seamlessly; often Designetics works with manufacturers to create automated fluid application systems. And, Designetics offers its clients industrial dispensing equipment that adjusts the flow rate and shot size to allow for more precise application of fluids. Designetics even offers a handheld dispenser that mimics the capabilities of fully automated fluid dispensing equipment—offering humans the ability to replicate the exacting workflow of their robotic counterparts.