Reducing Labor Content As A Strategy To Improve Competitiveness - An Analysis That Addresses The Value Of Designing For Automation And An Empirical Analysis That Exploits The Automation Using Meta Process ControlAuthors: Tom Borkes and Lawrence Groves
Company: The Jefferson Project and Trans-Tec Yamaha
Date Published: 9/27/2015 Conference: SMTA International
The objectives of this paper are to:
1. Provide examples of real world automation opportunities for future conversion from high to low labor content and,
2. Address the key elements that are needed to exploit this automation – not simply faux automate. Specifically:
a. Designing a product for automated assembly.
b. A factory infrastructure that has proactive process control built in and, ideally, automated proactive process control that self-corrects process issues, i.e., Meta Process Control.
c. A skilled workforce that can develop and maintain the automated processes organized in a way to minimize cost.
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