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3 Benefits Automation Delivers to Proactive Suppliers

Friday, January 10th, 2020

3 Benefits Automation Delivers to Proactive Suppliers

Robots are not new to manufacturing and it’s clear that there are many benefits to incorporating automated processes, yet some barriers still prevent many manufacturers from investing in automation.

One of the major hurdles is the cost of capital necessary to automate enough functions to truly improve manufacturing capacity. Another obstacle is the time required to plan and execute a worthwhile automation project.

For those who can clear the financial and time hurdles, however, the benefits of automation stand the test of time and money, particularly in operations that involve a high degree of routine tasks, such as loading, unloading and moving parts and performing basic inspections.

Here are three benefits automation can deliver when it’s implemented properly.

1. Robots Can Add Tremendous Precision

Robots with fully articulating joints and vision systems that have sensory motion can feel pressure and determine how much force is needed to handle parts with far more precision than loading by hand.

These allow for precise programming and reliable repeatability – two things that are crucial in many manufacturing operations.

2. Robots Can Support Higher Production Output

Robots can perform multiple operations at once, such as loading and unloading parts from one machine to another and moving parts down an outbound conveyer belt with no human interaction, which enables employees to focus on more complicated tasks.

Robots with learning mechanisms that allow them to use artificial intelligence can identify more efficient ways to work over time. In addition to loading and unloading parts, many robots can orient parts and read numbers through high-definition recognition technology, speeding up the material handling processes that drive greater output.

Many robotic cells support lights-out operation, running between shifts and across breaks to provide higher productivity.

3. Robots Can Support a Safer Workplace

An average truck load of metal castings can weigh up to 40,000 pounds. With the help of robotic cells, several people can move hundreds of thousands of castings a week without experiencing the traditional lifting and carrying tasks that put stress on their bodies.

“People are working smarter, rather than harder,” said Tom Seccombe, general manager at Seco Machine, a leading advocate of automation in manufacturing. “This has helped us to reduce the risk of injury by a significant degree. We let the robots do the monotonous tasks and, more importantly, the heavy lifting.”

Employees can remain more alert by focusing on managing the technology, rather than exhausting themselves with traditional, tedious tasks performed more safely and precisely by robots.

Robots Work With Employees, Not Against Them

“There’s this fear that robots are going to put people out of their jobs,” said Tom. “But in reality, it’s helped us shift around jobs and hire additional employees to fill more desirable roles.”

The pairing of artificial intelligence and human intelligence makes for a powerful team. It’s a team that can save suppliers and customers time and money in the long run.

Seco Machine Appreciates Support for Ohio Plant Expansion

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

NORTH CANTON, Ohio (February 20, 2018) – Seco Machine today expressed appreciation for Green City Council’s support of the company’s expansion plans. The council recently approved a tax abatement for property identified for Seco’s new plant and headquarters. 

“We appreciate the support from City Council and look forward to working with community leaders to advance our plans to expand here in northeastern Ohio,” said Tom Seccombe, general manager at Seco Machine, a provider of machining services for iron and steel products. “This is a very exciting time for Seco and our employees.”

Seco plans to open a new 120,000-square-foot plant and office facility at the corner of Greensburg and Mayfair avenues in Green. It would replace Seco’s 75,000-square-foot building at 7376 Whipple Ave. N.W. in North Canton. The new space would accommodate more people and equipment to support growing business at Seco.

“With improvements in the economy, our customers are doing well, and we have identified many opportunities to grow our business,” Seccombe said. “A new facility will help us capitalize on these opportunities, and we are very excited about building it in northeastern Ohio.” 

Seco is a machine shop that provides contract machining services, including turning and milling of steel and iron castings and forgings. Seco also supplies custom-molded urethane products, including cast urethanes and molded urethane parts. More information is available at secomachine.com.

It is a division of A. Stucki Company, based in Pittsburgh, a leading manufacturer and supplier of railroad industry components and services. Through its subsidiaries, Stucki serves the rail and other industries with freight and locomotive component repair and reconditioning services, hot-wound coiled springs, high-quality iron castings, precision CNC turning and milling services and custom-molded urethane products. More information is available at www.stucki.com.

For more information, contact:

Anne Kocher, Marketing Director
Seco Machine
(330) 499-2150
anne.kocher@stucki.com

OR

Dan Pecchia
Pecchia Communications
(330) 720-6912
dan@pecchiacomm.com