Sales and Applications Manager
Al Stone has been in the automation business for more than 40 years, including a stint as the owner and CEO of his own machine-building company. He has a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He has a pilot’s license, a drag racing license, and the highest certification for amateur rocketry.
Designing a product for ease of assembly is an important consideration for manually assembled products. But, it’s absolutely vital if the product is to be assembled automatically. For example, a cylindrical, asymmetrical part is easy for a person to pick up and install manually. In contrast, feeding and installing the same part in an automated assembly system will require an expensive vision system to determine its orientation. For economic and efficient automated assembly, engineers must consider the design of the parts and the overall assembly. This presentation will provide some pointers.