6 Ways Machine Verification Reduces Costs and Improves Efficiencies

June 4, 2019  By Jubei Hughes

Inora SRS provides manufacturing businesses with the assurance of accurate machine verification

It’s hard to find a manufacturing business these days that isn’t hyper focused on improvement. While much has been written about the disruptive technologies constantly emerging from Silicon Valley, the new capabilities offered by these technologies have a domino effect on manufacturers. With new product demands and new tools with which to accomplish them, manufacturers are just as in need of any technology that can help them improve their processes as any tech giant.

One place where manufacturing technology offers some of the most profound benefits lies in the field of machine verification. Verification helps businesses ensure that their manufacturing equipment is accurately calibrated. It seems like a simple enough process, but any mistake in calibration—or in the tools that measure calibration—can have significant costs down the line. For this reason, manufacturing businesses that can improve their machine verification procedures stand to gain significantly over those that are content with their current standards. Here are six reasons why you should think more carefully about your current machine verification capabilities.

1. Independent Verification

Manufacturing equipment often comes with its own verification checks. It may know when its sensors and probes are out of alignment and send an alert that the machine needs to be recalibrated. However, this is no guarantee that the measuring tools themselves are accurate and correctly calibrated, or that they as finely-tuned as Inora SRS.

Our system adds a layer of independent verification beyond what is provided by your current verification processes. This delivers the assurance that your tools and measuring devices meet the quality standards you need for your business.

2. Reduction in Scrap & Rework

Scrap and rework costs that are the result of poorly calibrated machinery are a constant concern for any manufacturing plant. A batch of poorly-produced parts can lead to costly delays as the source of the error is identified and corrected. The longer it takes businesses to discover the flaw, the greater the potential cost to the company.

No business can survive long if they can’t control their scrap and rework costs. And even manufacturers who keep these costs within reasonable tolerance levels can benefit significantly from a reduction. By providing a fast and efficient method for businesses to verify their calibration tools, Inora SRS helps businesses identify potential problems before they lead to production errors.

3. More Uptime and Elimination of Unexpected or Avoidable Downtime

A single manufacturing error can shut down an entire production floor while engineers recalibrate machinery and workers clear the wasted product. This downtime results in delays that could be critical to a production schedule, particularly if they happen during a crunch period when output was supposed to be running at max capacity.

By identifying calibration tools that are out of alignment earlier in the production schedule, Inora SRS helps businesses anticipate downtime and plan accordingly.

4. Avoidance of Incorrect Measurements/Parts & Downstream Effects

Imagine this scenario: your manufacturing team, following your quality control protocols, uses your internal system to run a production check on the latest batch of produced parts. The check comes back positive, and you give the green light to ship those parts down the line to the next stage of your production cycle—or even worse, you ship them to your OEM. Those components are integrated in the next round of production, but the error isn’t discovered till even further down the line. Now it’s not just the original component that needs to be reworked, but many of the other parts that used it.

Inora SRS minimizes downstream effects by ensuring measurement tools and machinery are calibrated correctly from the onset. By preventing avoidable errors from compounding, it helps businesses maintain a steady production flow and safeguards their reputation as a high-quality supplier.

5. Service and Calibrations Only As-Needed

Knowing when to calibrate your machinery is a bit of a Catch 22: To prevent manufacturing errors, you need calibrated machinery, but calibration takes time and can slow down production. The best way to know if your machinery needs to be calibrated is through verification, but many verification systems are themselves slow. What businesses need is a fast and accurate way to tell when their equipment needs to be serviced so that they only have to take their equipment offline for calibration when necessary.

Inora SRS can run checks in as little as ten minutes, allowing your technicians to run as many of them as frequently as they need for completely accurate and reliable results.

6. Quantification of Effect that External Variables Have on Equipment

Finally, many machine verification tools fail to accurately take into account the many ways external variables can affect a production environment. These variables include temperature and humidity levels, the buildup of dust and contaminates over time, or even the vibrations caused by machinery operating nearby.

Inora SRS provides a more holistic assessment of a machine’s capabilities, rendered in real-time, so that you can better understand the capabilities of your equipment, even under diverse manufacturing circumstances.

Inora SRS offers fast and efficient machine verification whenever you need it.

Production standards are rising across industries as the demand for streamlined, lightweight, energy efficient and environmentally friendly products grows. Under these conditions, even the most marginal improvement can differentiate companies from each other. A small reduction in scrap waste at a large manufacturing plant can have significant environmental benefits. Finely-tuned machinery able to reliably manufacture the most delicate components can allow a company to shave ounces off a device, and parts that mesh seamlessly together can extend the lifecycle of a vehicle.

In short, businesses need an edge to remain competitive. That’s what Inora SRS provides.