Understanding Press Automation

Posted on Apr 15, 2021

Press Automation

Press automation, or more specifically, press line automation or press feed line automation, is a kind of automation manufacturing process that aims to complete the production process with automatic equipment rather than with a human source. The technique helps a lot in productivity, cost-saving, and workplace safety.

What Is Press Automation?

Before we talk about press automation, it is necessary to learn what press techniques and automation are.

Press techniques are the machining skills that use high pressure and molds, sometimes assisted with heat, to form the materials and workpieces into required shapes with high productivity with high efficiency. This progress would be done by a powerful machine tool called a press machine. Press machine is useful but at the same time dangerous. In the past, we often heard that operators were hurt or even killed by this machine tool while working. Therefore, for safety purposes, the factories have done a lot to keep the operators safe.

In fact, in most factories, there would need not only one kind of press machine to complete the products. That means press machines sometimes work with different functions and stages as a product line system. Although it is convenient and useful, the risks of hurting people and higher employee costs – the machine requires operators to monitor it – make the manufacturers start to think about working the press machine without operators. Therefore, automation has been introduced and combined to press machines then applied to the press line system.

Speaking of automation, it is a kind of technique that can complete machining progress depending on computer software and program, and do the work with minimum human sources, which solve many problems for manufacturers. Nowadays, this technique has been developed to a higher level and applied to many kinds of industries because most progressions can be made as an automatic production line.

Through the introduction of automatic technology, all the operators need to do is setting the working duration and pressing the start button to activate the pressing machine production line, then the materials and workpieces would be put into the press machines and progressed automatically by robot arms.  With the help of automation, operators do not need to stay near the operating machines which puts them at the risk of getting injured. 

This helps a lot in deducting the member of operators required. Moreover, the work done automatically can be more accurate and has fewer flaws. In general, in a factory introduced press automation system, the human sources would mostly be used to quality control stages.

Press automation, or more specifically, press line automation or press feed line automation, is a kind of automation manufacturing process that aims to complete the production process with automatic equipment rather than with a human source. The technique helps a lot in productivity, cost-saving, and workplace safety.
 

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How Does Press Automation System Work?

As we mentioned above, this system is automatic that no human intervention is required while the progress is working since the operation is dependent on computer software and programs.

Each machine tool included in this system is electronically linked including the automatic feeder which feeds raw metal material through the die of the stamping press. Then, each station (machine tool) would do their work machining the raw metal material, then the workpieces would be transferred to the next station by the automatic robot arms located between two different stations.

Finally, the product can be produced automatically without operators working the machine tools. After the products are done, at the end of the product line would be some quality control staff who are responsible for checking the quality of the finished products.  If the quality is good enough to reach the standard, staff in the quality control station would store those products which are waiting to be distributed to the markets or the factory responsible for the next steps.
 

Advantages of Press Automation

The press automation system has become more and more popular in various industries and factories because of its features and advantages. Although the reason can be plenty, below are several most common features of this system:
 

Convenience

As the previous section mentioned, the whole machining process done by the press automation system would be automatically completed. All the operations need to do is press the start button to activate the product line.
 

Safety

Since the whole progress can be done by machines, there is no need to put operators near the working machine to make any adjustments. Therefore, no one would be hurt by the machine tools.
 

Reducing Cost on Employment

The press automation system is operated by software and programs in the computers. Therefore, compared with the past, the factories would not need to hire many employees to monitor the machine tools.
 

Do I Need a Press Automation System?

From the sections above, we can know that the press automation system is amazing and easy to use. However, along with the properties of connivance and technicalities, they are not an inexpensive system. According to the experts, there are two questions for factory owners to answer:

● Are there any repetitive and boring tasks in my factory done by human workers?
● Are there any tasks in my factory that would cause a bottleneck to productivity?

If it is "yes" for both questions, then a press automation system would be a good choice to improve the productivity of the factory.

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