Sustainable Engineering: Efficient Use of Materials
In this industrial sustainability Webcast, three materials-related processes are investigated that can make your operations more sustainable and save a lot of money. Reduce scrap and improve accuracy and tracking. Here's how.
While most industrial sustainability efforts are focused on energy, the other major cost for manufacturers—materials—should not go unnoticed. In this Webcast, three materials-related processes are investigated that can make your operations more sustainable and save a lot of money.
Reducing scrap during assembly —Using vision systems to locate product defects earlier in the assembly process. If defects are found sooner, fewer materials and less time are wasted adding value to a defective product.
Improving the accuracy of material quantities —The value of more precise monitoring of the extra amounts of certain (often expensive) materials that are added during production to ensure end products meet minimum specifications.
Tracking components and subassemblies —Using barcodes to track components throughout the manufacturing process can help verify the correct components are being assembled and reduce the chance of components or trays of components becoming misplaced or lost.
This roundtable Webcast, moderated by David Greenfield, Control Engineering editorial director, features the following machine vision panelists from National Instruments: Kyle Voosen, Business Development Manager; Kamalina Srikant, Product Marketing Engineer; and Brent Runnels, Senior Systems Engineer.
To access the Webcast, visit www.controleng.com, and click on the Webcast tab in the multimedia box at top right of the page. Click on View all Webcasts, then select the Sustainable Engineering: Efficient Use of Materials Webcast .
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