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The Role of Automation in Sustainable Manufacturing

Discover the role that Summit’s automation plays in creating a more sustainable, more efficient, and more profitable manufacturing process.

Process automation sustainability is an important new topic in manufacturing, and is of interest to many different stakeholders in the manufacturing environment.

Automation plays a pivotal role in enhancing sustainability within manufacturing by streamlining production processes, reducing waste, and optimizing resource use. This integration leads to more efficient operations with lower energy consumption and fewer emissions. The relationship between automation and sustainability is crucial for developing eco-friendly sustainable manufacturing that not only meets current production demands but also minimizes environmental impact, promoting a healthier planet and sustainable industrial growth.

Leveraging Technology for Sustainable Manufacturing

Sustainable automation leverages technology to minimize resource consumption and produce data for enhanced sustainability reporting. This approach assists manufacturers in optimizing production, refining capital planning, boosting profits, and fostering stronger customer relationships.

So how exactly can process automation systems increase sustainability?

Automation systems significantly enhance sustainability by reducing waste and optimizing the use of energy and resources.

These systems streamline production processes to minimize excess material use and energy consumption, leading to significant reductions in waste output. Additionally, the efficient nature of automated processes lowers CO2 emissions, as machines are designed to operate at peak efficiency with minimal energy waste. By incorporating the latest and most advanced technologies, automation systems ensure that operations are not only more efficient but also less harmful to the environment, aligning with global sustainability goals by creating smarter, cleaner production cycles.

Summit Engineered Automation’s Innovations in Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Solutions

Sustainability in manufacturing is front and center for leaders in manufacturing. According to a 2022 survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 58% of respondents believe sustainability is essential to future competitiveness, and 68% say they are implementing corporate-wide sustainability strategies. Summit Engineered Automation has developed processes and procedures to help align with this new and growing demand.

Summit Engineered Automation’s Agile Process enhances sustainability by streamlining the efficiency of equipment. By adhering to a ‘less is more’ premise, the process aims to maximize the overall equipment efficiency (OEE) which, in turn, ensures more operational uptime and minimal scrap or waste.

This approach not only improves the performance and lifespan of equipment, but significantly reduces the environmental impact of a production line by cutting down on waste. The process’s focus on optimizing production workflows and equipment usage directly contributes to sustainable manufacturing practices, and well embodies Summit Engineered Automation’s commitment to eco-friendly and efficient operations.

Sustainable Automation Case Study: Electronic Air Gap Sensor

Summit Engineered Automation’s Agile Process was applied to the development of an innovative robotic assembly solution utilizing an electronic air gap sensor. The machine utilizes four robots, a laser marker, and a sonic welder in the production of electronic chips.

This advanced technology ensures precision in the assembly line by detecting the presence of an air gap between two mating surfaces during the robotic assembly process. The system is primarily designed to verify that parts fit together perfectly without any gaps, which is crucial for maintaining the integrity and quality of the final product.

The electronic air gap sensor operates by emitting a signal that measures the gap, if any, and feeds this data back to the control system. This allows for real-time adjustments and ensures that each assembly meets strict specifications. Such technology not only increases the reliability of the assembly process and enhances production efficiency.

The electronic air gap sensor allows robotics to complete the assembly process in lieu of more archaic pneumatic systems. Pneumatic systems consume more energy, are prone to leaks and maintenance failures, and can be problematic. The air gap sensor method in combination with robotics and laser technology has a much better sustainability profile, reducing energy consumption, rework, maintenance downtime, and a better throughput.

Securing a Better Future for All

As we continue to navigate the challenges and demands of modern manufacturing and automation, it’s important to design and develop automation with sustainability in mind.. Sustainable automation is not just a goal but a necessity for forward-thinking companies committed to reducing their environmental footprint.

Through the integration of process automation sustainability, manufacturers can achieve greater efficiency and precision, leading to significant reductions in waste and energy use. This shift not only optimizes production but also promotes a healthier planet by minimizing harmful emissions and resource depletion.

As new industries evolve, the adoption of automation in sustainable manufacturing is paramount. It bridges the gap between high productivity and environmental responsibility, creating a win-win scenario for businesses and the ecosystem. Embracing this dual focus on automation and sustainability will not only drive innovation but also ensure that manufacturing processes contribute positively to global sustainability efforts, securing a better future for all.

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