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Engineered Automation Solutions for Finishing

By OTC Insights Team on November 30, 2023

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Many manufacturers are struggling with labor variations in the finishing department – especially during these challenging times. 

If you have a packed production schedule, how do you prevent late orders when a worker calls in sick? How do you shift resources when production peaks? What do you do when an employee retires or is late to work, or you have a labor dispute? No matter how thoroughly you plan, there will be variability. You can’t maintain production if you don’t have people for critical roles. 

Reducing variations in labor resources while protecting your most valuable assets, your workers, is possible with robotics and automation. 

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Reducing Labor Variations with Automation 

Automation is one way that engineers can reduce the variation in resources and labor.  

The challenges facing labor resources have increased the need for automation and robotics. Automation allows manufacturers to maintain productivity when short-staffed, as well as increase the efficiency and productivity of the available labor resources.  

Automation Advantages for Manufacturing Finishing 

Especially for finishing and dispensing operations, the right automation solution can easily handle labor-intensive operations and deliver repeatable quality. The benefits of automation include: 

  • Reduced need for labor. 
  • Increased production efficiency, ensuring work continues without the need for human intervention. 
  • Eliminating equipment challenges, such as replacing older machines or machines not suitable for current processes with robotics and automation to increase efficiency. 
  • Replacing manual paint processes with automated paint systems that offer repeatable paint quality and reduce the impact of labor disruption. 

When considering whether to invest in additional automation, evaluate the potential lost production caused by labor variability. When there is a problem and labor isn’t available, robotics and automation can cover the gap. Automation provides flexibility when schedules shift to compensate for labor variability. 

With an integrated automation solution, manufacturing leaders can better manage labor challenges to maintain production output. 

OTC and Integrated Solutions for Finishing Automation 

As one of the leading providers, OTC Industrial Technologies has been at the forefront of automation for finishing and dispensing. We are one of the largest distributors of automated finishing equipment and robotics. Combining access to the best in robotics and automation at a lower cost with the expertise and experience of a team dedicated to finishing means manufacturers have a better solution. 

That starts with process control. An optimized finishing solution requires integrating all the process elements, from the compressed air and the nozzles used on the sprayer, to the filters and the conveyor system. Every element needs to be synchronized and controlled for robotics and automation to provide maximum efficiency.  

Because OTC offers not only automation and robotics but also expertise in finishing, we understand how to provide process control. This means providing not only the equipment and software but also engineering a customized solution designed around the process.   

Don’t Wait to Reduce Labor Variation in Finishing – Contact OTC Today 

Rather than waiting for a disruption in production or a problem that causes delayed shipments, contact OTC today to discuss your production needs. Evaluate your options when it comes to automation and robotics. Estimate what it would take to reduce labor variation with automation, and then make an informed decision on the potential ROI of an integrated solution.