Automation | by Anthony Alessi | Apr 19, 2021
Does your facility have outdated, manually controlled cranes, hoists, or monorail systems? Converting from manual control to automation technology can bring new life to your equipment, increasing their lifecycles and providing new features to make your operations safer and more efficient.
One form of crane automation technology that can have a big impact on your facility and operations is an auto-dispatch system. How can this help? Combining radios, drives, motors, brakes, and automation programming, auto-dispatch systems allow operators to automatically send a load to pre-programmed areas in a facility with the push of a button – they no longer need to manually guide or follow the load to the next location in the process.
In this blog, we will discuss four benefits of incorporating an auto-dispatch system in your operations.
Want to learn more about what auto-dispatch technology and crane automation can do for you? Contact us today. We can help you take advantage of this technology in your applications and tell you more about our innovative crane automation solutions, such as our ProPath™ Automated Workstation Crane or Intelli-Guide™ Auto-Dispatch Technology.
Check out the new Unified ProPath™ workstation crane hard at work in our Menomonee Falls facility. We'll use this semi-automated ProPath to move panels in and out of our CNC drilling station, helping us increase productivity, safety, and efficiency!
Tony Alessi is a Unified Industries Product Manager at Columbus McKinnon Corporation. Tony has 10 years product/marketing experience at Unified Industries and over 18 years marketing and business development experience in agency, manufacturing and distribution settings working in the automotive industry.
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In automobile manufacturing, time is money. Every minute saved in the process can move another vehicle off the line and into the market. To increase efficiency and reduce process time, a high production automobile manufacturer needed to reduce the takt time for the engine and transmission marriage process. Specifically, the manufacturer was using a manual marriage cell where several processes had to be performed by a single operator. This included picking hardware, selecting traverse time, marrying two heavy components (an engine and a transmission), and installing a wiring harness and attachment hardware.