Intelligent automation for fewer manufacturing errors

Intelligent automation for fewer manufacturing errors

“Handmade” – down the years, the mark of quality for manually produced products. But while art collectors may bid top prices for unique works of this nature, deviations from the norm are at best tolerated in industrial production. At worst, they can lead to manufacturing errors, which are expensive for everyone and cause a lot of frustration. The acute economic damage in these situations can be expressed numerically, but the long-term damage when customer trust and reputations are put at risk can quickly assume existential proportions. An accessible approach to achieve reliable processes is to unify production by automation. For comprehensive quality gains, however, it must also be possible to automate tasks that need sensitivity and a sense of touch.

 

Whether when “getting from the box”, in packaging, polishing, or precision installation tasks, or even in quality control, companies still rely on their employees’ sense of touch, and good old manual work in many fields of industrial production. In automation, gripping tasks like these were simply not an option.

Industrial robots were too numb and too blind to

  • process delicate materials,
  • react to irregular workpieces,
  • even to act at all in production environments that were not perfectly orderly.

 

Large companies reacted to this situation by moving simple production steps to low-wage countries, while small companies, with higher labor costs and the usual mish-mash of quality resulting from manual work, barely had a chance in the world market. Costs remained low, but uniform production quality was simply impossible: with increasingly tough competition in the market, this was a fatal state of affairs!

 

A single idea, as simple as it is genius, will solve this problem in the future: feeling.

 

More precisely, the sense of touch. In just a few minutes, the HEX-E and HEX-H haptic force/torque sensors give industrial robots the sense of touch they need to handle delicate materials with care, or to work around irregular workpieces.

 

Precision tasks can thus be automated and consistently high production quality achieved – at low cost. The inspection costs saved and the increase in quality result in a greatly improved competitive position.

Strategic augmentation of process reliability

In addition to specific new automation capabilities, a sense of touch in robots can also represent a strategic advantage for companies: Force/torque sensors measure about 1,000 pieces of process data per second. On the one hand, this allows robots to react in real time where there is acute need, for example if an irregularly processed workpiece is detected. This prevents specific manufacturing errors which in the worst case can bring production to a standstill or even pass through to the customer and endanger the company’s reputation and customer trust. However, the long-term strategic benefit of this type of measurement should not be underestimated. Careful evaluation of process data can strategically reveal disruptive factors in production, such as irregularly machined workpieces, allowing them to be eliminated systematically.

 

The additional process reliability can not only be measured in concrete savings in quality control and crisis management, but also have strategic benefits in the form of more satisfied customers and a better company reputation regarding deadline accuracy and quality.

 

Whether this value can be quantified is a question you will have to answer yourself. However, it is undeniably a decisive factor in the future of any company.

Privacy Policy for processing and protecting personal data

This data protection policy applies to OnRobot.

The purpose of the policy is to ensure and document that OnRobot protects personal data in accordance with the rules for processing of personal data. The policy will also contribute to OnRobot providing information about its processing and use of registered personal data.

The policy will be reviewed each year.

Record of the processing of personal data

OnRobot processes personal data about:

  • Employees

  • Customers

  • Suppliers

  • Applicants

OnRobot has prepared a record of the processing of personal data. The record provides an overview of the processing for which OnRobot is responsible.

The personal data must be provided in order for OnRobot to enter into employment, customer and supplier contracts.

Purpose and lawfulness of the processing

Personal data are processed and archived in connection with:

  • HR management, including recruitment, hiring, dismissal and payment of salary

  • Master data for customers as well as orders and sales

  • Master data for suppliers as well as requisition forms and purchases

  • Contracts

Processing is legal by the authority specified in the appended record.

OnRobot does not use the personal data for purposes other than those listed. OnRobot does not collect more personal data than necessary to meet the purpose. 

Storage and erasure

OnRobot has introduced the following overall guidelines for storage and erasure of personal data:

  • Personal data are stored in physical folders.

  • Personal data are stored in IT systems and on server drives.

  • Personal data are not stored for longer than necessary to meet the purpose of the processing.

  • Personal data for employees are erased five years after employment has ended, and personal data about applicants are erased after six months.

Data security

Based on the appended risk assessment, OnRobot has implemented security measures to protect personal data:

  • Only employees with a work-related need to access the registered personal data have access to the data, either physically or via IT systems with rights management.

  • All computers are password protected and employees may not disclose their passwords to others.

  • Computers must have firewall and antivirus software installed, which must be updated regularly.

  • Personal data are erased securely in connection with phasing-out and repair of IT equipment.

  • USB flash drives, external hard disks, etc. containing personal data must be stored in a locked drawer or cabinet.

  • Physical folders are placed in a locked office or in locked cabinets.

  • Personal data in physical folders are erased by shredding.

  • All employees must be instructed in what to do with personal data and how to protect personal data.

 

Website and Cookie

  • The Personal Data Regulation allows you to treat personal data only legally for the purpose for which they have been collected. If you want to use data for purposes other than the original, you must always have the consent of the registrant.

  • Upon receipt of a business card from a customer you have his consent. If you write his information you need his signature on this paper to have a formal requirement for consent if you want to use his information. Then the customer allows OnRobot to use his data for purposes other than communication, upcoming promotions, product updates or further news including upcoming promotions, product updates and further news.

  • According to the Cookie Act, OnRobot must have the user’s consent to use this software on the user’s equipment. On The company’s intranet or similar closed group, the rules in the E-data protection directive do not apply.

Disclosure

Personal data about employees may be disclosed to public authorities such as the Danish Customs and Tax Administration and pension companies.

Processors

OnRobot only uses processors if they are able to provide the required guarantees that they will implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to comply with personal data law. All processors must sign a processor agreement before processing commences.

Rights                                                                      

OnRobot safeguards the rights of data subjects, including the right to access, withdrawal of consent, rectification and erasure and will inform the data subjects of OnRobot’s processing of personal data. Data subjects are also entitled to appeal to the Danish Data Protection Agency.

Personal data breach

In case of personal data breach, OnRobot will report the breach to the Danish Data Protection Agency as soon as possible and within 72 hours. The manager is responsible for this reporting taking place. The report will outline the breach, the groups of persons affected and the impact the breach may have on these persons and how OnRobot has remedied or intends to remedy the breach. If the breach entails a high risk for the persons about whom OnRobot processes personal data, OnRobot will also notify these persons. OnRobot s will document any personal data breach on an access-controlled drive.

Erasure of data

The customer should assess when personal data need to be erased by asking the question:

When is it no longer necessary to store the personal data?

OnRobot follows the practice of the Danish Data Protection Agency:

Applications Are erased after 6 months in connection with job interviews. Unsolicited applications are erased immediately.
Employee data Are erased 5 years after termination of employment.
CCTV surveillance Is erased after 30 days.
Telephone conversations Are erased immediately or after up to 3 months.
Accounting records Must be stored for 5 years from the end of the financial year.


 

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