Improving Metal Fabrication Efficiency with IoT

Improving Metal Fabrication Efficiency with IoT

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Friday, September 16, 2022

IoT has improved metal fabrication processes for companies to manufacture more accurate and improved quality products.

FREMONT, CA: The Internet of Things (IoT) has recently changed how commercial sectors operate. It is now possible for companies to enjoy the benefits of improved operations and overcome challenges because of industrial IoT technologies. Learning what is possible in a certain industry can encourage you to invest in technology regardless of whether you are ready to do so.

Here's how the IoT can improve metal fabrication efficiency.

Weld Quality Checks and Other Valuable Details: All stages of the metal fabrication process are trackable using IoT solutions in real-time. People can analyze which aspects of the workflow produce the expected or desired results and where they can improve. This leads to a more efficient workflow on the whole. Weld quality metrics can be assessed using IoT instead of spreadsheets and manual documentation. A data-driven weld monitoring system using IoT sensors gathers point-of-weld data, which is processed and analyzed almost instantly. It is also possible to send information to mobile devices for easy access.

Enhancing Material Selection: Material selection is an important process in metal fabrication. They jointly determine the metal's suitability for fabrication, overall appearance, and functionality. A laser cutter's versatility is often attributed to the materials it is capable of cutting. Wood, plastic, and paper are also compatible with these machines.

Reducing Machine Downtime: There are many advantages to industrial IoT, including reducing the risk of unforeseen failures, which disrupt production. If a metal fabrication machine breaks down, companies could miss deadlines or limit the number of technicians available to work certain shifts, leading to production delays. Suppose the equipment is inoperable as a result of a technical problem. In that case, people may need to wait days or even weeks for replacement parts to arrive or for specialized technicians to be called out by a service technician, depending on the problem.

If a metal fabrication machine breaks down, companies could miss deadlines or limit the number of technicians available to work certain shifts, leading to production delays. IoT sensors can help prevent these challenges by collecting operational data that detect abnormalities or maintenance needs as soon as possible.

Preventing Production Environment Abnormalities: The efficiency of metal fabrication can be adversely affected by a single aspect outside of the recommended parameters. The problem could cause people to stop production. Ideally, people would notice issues before a factory shuts down. Real-time alerts are sent to factory managers if the position of a belt deviates from the parameters. Corrective action can save time and money by preventing machinery shutdown.

IoT sensors are not guaranteed a quick fix for IoT issues. Many factors can cause a facility to experience a short-term or prolonged decrease in the efficiency of its metal fabrication operations. Still, IoT sensors can improve visibility and enhance fabrication processes allowing businesses to improve their productivity.

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