Smart Machines & Factories
Error Proofing the Production Process
Published:  15 August, 2019

Introduction Striking the right balance between cost and quality is an ongoing challenge for every manufacturer, regardless of their scale or the complexity of the products they assemble: Focussing too much on quality can reduce throughput, while focussing too little can increase costs due to reworking or repair and erode customer confidence.  Ultimately, this can result in damage to a manufacturer’s brand and reputation.  As a result, error-proofing in the production process, even for just one step in the process, has become a key issue for manufacturers seeking to deliver quality efficiently and profitably. Quality in the assembly process relates to every aspect of production, such as joint quality, process quality and product quality.  Regardless of the specific focus involved, ensuring quality relies on knowing who did what, when and how. At the core of this is information, or data, which is the key ingredient feeding the rapid digitalisation of manufacturing and assembly in a trend often referred to as Industry 4.0 or Smart Factories. At Atlas Copco, we enable the vision of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing through our Smart Connected Assembly concept, where advanced industrial software combines with state-of-the-art hardware, connected assembly tools and smart accessories to create a fully integrated assembly solution.  Smart Connected Assembly aims to provide manufacturers with effective solutions for delivering and managing tightening strategies in the production process needed to maintain quality control and increase uptime in production critical operations. This white paper describes the seven steps that form a cumulative approach to quality and is designed to help you develop an assembly roadmap for the future.