All products with a single variety, mass production and stable process can improve production efficiency by purchasing automatic equipment, but for products with different product varieties and small batch production, they can not be produced by simple automatic equipment. In this case, It is necessary to combine a variety of adjustable automatic equipment to realize mechanical automatic production, which is called flexible automatic production line.
Flexible automatic production line is a relatively complex automation system, which can organically combine computer, electronics and system engineering, and successfully solve the contradiction between automation and flexibility. The advantages of flexible automatic production line are as follows:
High equipment utilization: after a group of machine tools are incorporated into the flexible production line, the output is several times higher than that of this group of machine tools in decentralized single machine operation.
The number of products in process decreased by about 80%.
The production capacity is relatively stable: the automatic processing system is composed of one or more machine tools. In case of failure, it has the ability to degrade the operation, and the material conveying system also has the ability to bypass the failed machine tool by itself.
High product quality: during the processing of parts, loading and unloading are completed at one time, with high processing accuracy and stable processing form.
Flexible operation: the inspection, card loading and maintenance of some flexible production lines can be completed in the first shift, and the second and third shifts can produce normally without care. In an ideal flexible production line, its monitoring system can also deal with unexpected problems in the operation process, such as tool wear and exchange, logistics blockage and dredging.
Large product strain capacity: the cutting tools, fixtures and material transportation devices are adjustable, and the plane layout of the system is reasonable, which is easy to increase or decrease equipment and meet the needs of the market.
Due to the unique advantages of flexible automatic production line, it realizes the whole automation process from product decision-making, product design, production to sales, especially the computer integrated manufacturing system with management level automation, which will become the main trend of the development of automatic production line in the future.