Getting the right blow molding conveyor for your closed loop system is sure to increase your container and bottle blow molding efficiencies. You will want to consider these 4 things before purchasing a conveyor system to close the loop on your blow molding process.
With everyone trying to understand how to safely manufacture products during the COVID-19 pandemic (and beyond), traditional assembly work center layouts often go counter to the new CDC guidelines for social distancing. One solution that will help is more shop floor automation.
While there is a plethora of high-end automation solutions (vision pick and place systems or multi-axis robots) to move products from one operator to the next during the assembly process, there are drawbacks. First, these high-end solutions do not interface well with operators and always require a safety barrier. Additionally, specifying, installing, and maintaining this level of automation is costly. And lead times ranging from 6 to 12 months hamper timely installations.
Manufacturing automation may not have been on your mind a few months ago. But, that was before we found ourselves in a COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic was not a crisis that we saw coming or were prepared for, but it has caused an impact on most businesses, and now we must adapt.
Most companies have had to readjust their business and their workforce. Many companies have allowed employees to work remotely or from home. But for most employees in manufacturing, their jobs cannot be done remotely.
Employee safety has been a topic of concern as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, as we approach the month of June, also recognized as National Safety Month, we might be thinking about employee safety in different ways than in past years.
The steps we are taking to keep our employees from contracting COVID-19 are in addition to the steps we have been taking for many years to keep our employees safe from work injuries and death. As we take measures to keep our employees from contracting COVID-19, we don’t want to lose sight of the other necessary safety measures.