How Factory Automation is used in Steel Fabrication Companies

In recent years, there has been a significant shift towards automation in steel manufacturing and the fabrication industry. With the use of robotics and software, factory owners can increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve the overall output of their operations. In this blog post, we will explore some of the ways in which factory automation can benefit steel manufacturing and fabrication factory owners.

One of the key benefits of factory automation is increased productivity. Robots can work 24/7 without needing breaks or rest, which means that they can produce a higher volume of goods in a shorter amount of time. Additionally, robots can perform tasks with a high level of accuracy and consistency, which reduces the likelihood of errors and defects in the final product. This can lead to increased customer satisfaction and repeat business.

Another benefit of factory automation is reduced costs. Although the initial investment in robotics and software can be significant, the long-term savings can be substantial. Robots can work faster and more efficiently than humans, which means that they can produce more goods in less time. Additionally, robots do not require a salary, benefits, or paid time off, which can significantly reduce labour costs.

In addition to productivity and cost savings, factory automation can also lead to improved safety in the workplace. Robots can perform tasks that are too dangerous or difficult for humans to do, such as handling heavy or hazardous materials. This reduces the risk of injury to workers and creates a safer work environment overall.

Benefit to your business

Our customers in the steel fabrication industry have benefitted greatly from the automation of their factory. The acquisition of a high quality cnc cutting system allows companies to acquire more clients due to the ability to work faster and more efficiently. Combining this with tracking software, the company can offer its’ clients exact delivery times, which speaks volumes when customers are relying on cut material to continue whatever they are manufacturing. This gives both the supplier and customer piece of mind. The reduction of scrap metal due to tracking software allows for higher profits and less space needed in the factory for storing left over material. With automation software you can track and get quotes for raw material, place orders, track orders and create job cards per machine and operator. The operator can also adjust these job cards according to communication from raw material suppliers, regarding fluctuation of lead times. (i.e. your supplier does not deliver raw material on time. The automated job allocation interface will adjust the job card to accommodate the later shipped raw material)

Software integration

Being able to integrate software into your ERP system allows you, the manufacturer to track the entire manufacturing process, from cutting, bending, cleaning, tacking and assembly, robotic or manual welding, painting and right through to dispatch.

In closing, factory automation, including the use of robotics and software, can lead to a great output for steel manufacturing and fabrication factory owners. Increased productivity, reduced costs, improved safety, and higher quality products are just some of the benefits that can be realized through factory automation.

As technology continues to advance, it is likely that we will see even more innovations in this field that will further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of steel manufacturing and fabrication operations.