Mark Faris is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. The majority of Mark’s career has been designing and integrating automation systems in the Tier 1 Automotive industry from lean cells, test systems, robotic work cells and fully automated solutions. Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and enjoys hiking, volleyball and the beach.
AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP
Achieving Flexibility in Automated Assembly
Product life cycles are getting shorter and shorter. By one estimate, 50 percent of a typical company’s annual revenues are derived from products launched within the previous three years. Long-term cash cows—products that stay in a company’s portfolio for many years—are a thing of the past. As a result, flexibility is increasingly being design into automated assembly systems.
This presentation will provide:
- Definition of flexibility in automated assembly - What’s possible? What isn’t? When does flexibility make sense?
- Elements of flexibility in automated assembly
- Examples of flexible assembly systems
- Tips, tricks and techniques for achieving flexibility