Omron and Production Traceability
Helping manufacturers hike quality by more closely tracking parts
Manufacturing is all about efficiency, and that includes the ability to trace the whereabouts of parts from intake through product shipment.
Omron Industrial Automation supplies the sensors, barcode readers, cameras, robotics, motion control and controller products to help do just that.
The automotive sector is heavily automated already. But Jeff Hall, director of strategic sales says there is plenty of potential for gains in traceability, which can boost quality.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky’s Plant Two paint department has developed the flexibility to paint both cars and minivans in the same facility. They’re painting small lots with high finish quality, all while dealing with the unforgiving nature of the water-borne process
The functional build method says that you aren’t going to stamp perfect body panels, so you might as well accept the fact and deal with it. And dealing with it can result in reduced costs, faster time to market, and remarkable fit and finish. Sounds outlandish, but they’ve been using the method at Japanese auto companies for years, and who is lower cost, faster and more lauded for quality?
According to Kunihiro Hoshi, chief engineer for the GX 470: “Three of my top goals were to create a body-on-frame vehicle with sweeping off-road performance and unibody-like on-road capability, and, of course, it had to meet the Lexus quality standard.” He met his goals. But why would anyone want to bang this vehicle around on rocks?