The integration of automated systems on the production floor has opened doors for manufacturers to expand production while decreasing labor-intensive and potentially hazardous steps and procedures. Robots and pre-programmed actions keep the operator’s hands and face clear of in-process materials which are often hot, sharp or heavy. Automating a process also reduces the likelihood of operator error while simultaneously decreasing production cycle times.

The concept of the production line is constantly evolving. With the advent of automation and programmable systems, manufacturers now have the ability to programmatically control every aspect of production. Automated processes can be incorporated into virtually any application. Automation is one of the many tools that Savage Engineering employs to expedite production for a diverse group of applications, from public transportation to the compaction of hazardous powders.

Savage designed a fully-automated press system for exhaust flange stud insertion that requires only one operator and produces superior parts, cutting production time and reducing the customer’s overhead.

On-shore oil drilling companies need to manufacture precisely straightened directional drills and tubular downhole drilling components. Savage has engineered a ram positioning controller (RPC) that takes the guesswork out of the straightening process, eliminating the need for highly-experienced operators. The RPC accurately straightens bars, tubes and flats to within ±.001 in. of the preprogrammed setpoint while powered straightening accessories lift, rotate, move and position the heavy workpiece for the operator.

In California, environmental consciousness and commuter comfort are top priorities. Savage engineered and manufactured two dual-ram wheel/axle presses for the Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority (BART), equipped with automated systems for axle presentation and insertion, bearing staging, wheel mounting and demounting, and laser measurement. These machines assist BART in maintaining their new fleet of quieter, smooth-running trains, which help reduce California’s carbon footprint by inspiring more commuters to use public transportation in lieu of driving.

The Savage pulley splitter automates the splitting process, and manufacturers directly benefit through increased production. This method of pulley splitting abandons the traditional two-piece, riveted pulley and instead creates the finished product from a single blank. This approach to the splitting process automatically balances the finished product and assures perfect symmetry.

Companies who specialize in injection molding and die casting face a two-fold problem with die maintenance and repair. Heavy dies are not only cumbersome; they are dangerous to maneuver and reposition without the proper equipment. The Savage die spotting press has an automated swing-out platen, which presents and inverts the die for inspection and repair, allowing access to all die surfaces while keeping the operator safe.

Compacted powder products often require exact measurements and repeatable weight. Savage’s opposed ram powder compaction press, complete with automated fluidized fillshoe and powder delivery system, consistently produces precisely-dimensioned compacts with uniform density – perfect for meticulous applications that leave no room for error.

The marriage of automation with Savage’s rugged machine capabilities delivers increased production, safeguards the operator and ensures a uniform final product, helping companies expand and move forward.