Since being introduced to the team at Manufacture Nevada, SMI has been provided with unlimited local resources and critical contacts within our community to be successful and expand our operations. This includes technical resources, hiring and staffing resources, employee training events, and continual follow up to ensure SMI’s success. Thank you!
The team at Manufacture Nevada worked hard to find us a local Integrator, which had been a challenge for SMI for many years. This partnership has opened opportunities for SMI to expand their robotics investments well beyond this work cell and built our confidence in the local support system. SMI expects to invest over $500k per year in automation moving forward.
Manufacture Nevada located a local firm to design, build, and support a custom robotic work cell. The improved work cell utilizes a collaborative robot to perform the lifting, placing, and stacking functions. A precision scale weighs the silver blanks and automatically records the weight underneath a plexiglass cover to reduce environmental disruptions. A data acquisition and management system collect information, enabling analysis and reporting. The process is controlled by the operator through a Windows interface.
As a result, employees at SMI advanced from performing manual labor to utilizing a state-of the-art automated work cell. Their operators learned new Microsoft user interface skills, providing upskilling opportunities. The system payback was easily justified and proved to be a worthwhile investment. SMI repurposed two operators per shift, resulting in employee upskilling opportunities and additionally, in a challenging labor market, this work cell has helped SMI attract new talent to perform more purposeful work and learn new skills not offered elsewhere. The automation advancements also helped to improve the culture within SMI’s workforce.