Automation technology has already transformed the way industrial processes are run. Inspection, measurement, or quality control (QC) is an inseparable part of a production process. The QC process ensures that a certain level of quality is being maintained throughout the production process. Taking into account the intensity of market competition, inspecting every item manually is an obsolete and ineffective technique. The implementation of automated QC systems certainly helps manufacturers improve overall product quality and business growth.
There are companies which still employ technicians and operators to inspect and measure small groups of products. The forward-looking businesses use machine vision and other automated control systems to manage their QC affairs in a cost-effective way. The automated inspection and measurement systems can be as simple as small cameras and sensors integrated into existing production units.
Large manufacturing plants use custom-designed inspection systems that perform quality control processes at large scale and with great precision and speed. In food processing, for example, the function of an automated inspection system is to ensure that the food items in a group are consistent in size and shape. The use of right technology makes the inspection and measurement operations quick and cost-effective. Following are two major advantages of automating your quality control process.
Consistent and improved product quality
Automated measurement and QC systems allow you to achieve accurate, fast, and repeatable output. The factor of human error can be completely eliminated from the system. Errors are inevitable when humans perform inspection related tasks repeatedly; manual inspection is labor intensive and full of errors. Machine vision cameras can inspect a number of features on total items produced in as little as one second. Similarly, laser sensors perform micro-level measurements with incredible accuracy without contacting the part. This is how automation can help you improve the product quality.
Reduced production costs
As the demand for a product increases, manufacturers have to add more labor in order to maintain the desired production rate. In the case of complex products, additional technicians and operators are required to run a production process at a certain speed. On the other hand, automated measurement and quality control systems are a one-time investment that yields excellent results for a long period of time, reducing the overall production costs.
Automation is of great help when it comes to producing quality products at a rapid pace. It would be very difficult for manufacturers to survive the future without implementing advanced industrial technology as customer expectations and demand for high-quality products is rising with the passage of time. If you are looking to enhance your measurement and quality control processes, it’s time to embrace automation technology and eliminate inefficiencies from the production system.