Robotic plasma cutting solution reduces processing time
Lead times were cut in half
ABM - pressure vessel video - EN
A U.S. manufacturer of pharmaceutical pressure tanks had a major problem: Its current manufacturing process could not keep up with high production demands, or find enough skilled workers to improve capacity, leading to long lead times for its products.
Careful examination of the manufacturing value stream revealed an inefficiency in the cutting process, which negatively impacted many other areas of the operation. Manually marking, cutting, and grinding a single vessel head, in preparation for welding, was taking between 4 and 8 hours.
Creating efficiency became a top priority for the company. A robotic plasma cutting solution was introduced. This reduced marking and cutting time down to just 30 minutes for a low-volume, custom dome. The automated cutting process produced perfect, weld-ready cuts, reducing the need for grinding, filling, and welding. Lead times were cut in half, from a full week to 2-3 days.