To maintain high levels of throughput, machines must be highly adaptable — able to handle fast changeovers, frequent product changes and a variety of materials. Easier said than done, however. Automating a machine’s processes, functions and movements depends on various product characteristics, such as size, weight and volume.
Unfortunately, many automation and drive solutions currently on the market involve individual components and systems that must be integrated with each other — a time-consuming and labor-intensive integration process. As a result of these challenges, it’s becoming increasingly important for OEMs to engineer machines efficiently on a common platform.
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