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Buying Guidelines for Automation Equipment
By: Michael Katz,CEO
Dial-X Automated Equipment, Inc.
- Consult with a reputable automation vendor with
the capability to take full responsibility for
designing and building automation equipment, building vibratory
feeder bowls, designing and building controls for the automation
equipment, as well as the electrical and pneumatic components of
the automated machinery. A single source automation vendor will
result in less expensive automation equipment
for you with more productive automation, resulting
in fewer service calls. If, however, service to your automated
equipment is required, the automation vendor should also
be capable of servicing your automated equipment in a
- In selecting, an automation vendor for your automation project,
you should contact previous customers of the automation
vendor and ask about the quality of the equipment, the
service provided, and the training of their personnel, prior to
sending a request for a quotation to the automation vendor.
- Select approximately three reputable automation vendors when
requesting a quotation for your automation project. Send
parts (assembled components and unassembled components) and
ask for budgetary pricing. This will save both yourself and the
automation vendor time in determining if the automation project
- If at all possible, you should visit the automation vendor's
facility to review the automation equipment being built
on their floor at that time. Acquire a list of the automation
vendor's previous customers in your area. If possible, visit
these customers to view the automation equipment in action.
- Request a Certificate of Insurance from the
- If the automation project is viable and you have received budgetary
pricing from the vendor, you should request that the automation
vendor visit your facility to review the automation project
further. This meeting should include the automation vendor, two
individuals in management, two individuals in maintenance, and
two individuals from the assembly department. It is essential
to have the input of all departments to assure a successful automation
- Supply the automation vendor with the following:
Management, Maintenance and Production personnel should
discuss the project in its entirety prior to issuing a purchase
order for the automation project.
Schedule a chain-of-command, agreeable with
your company and your automation vendor. There should be only one
person from each company communicating with one another, with a
second person possibly designated as backup contact.
At the time a purchase order is issued, inform
your Management, Production and Maintenance departments
of the automation vendor selected for the project.
At the time your selected automation vendor requests your presence
for design review, representatives from your Maintenance,
Production, and Engineering departments should all be present.
Run-off of the equipment at the automation vendor's facility
should include a representative from your Maintenance, Engineering,
and Production departments. Any production parts ran
at this time should be given directly to your Quality
Control Department for their inspection.
Delivery of your automated equipment should
be made by a reputable machinery rigger and should
be shipped from the vendor's facility directly to
the customer's facility. Equipment should be moved on an air-ride
tractor and trailer only.
When equipment is wired and large enough, an airline
is ran to the system; vendor should be notified of this.
You should have the same parts on hand as the
automation vendor had on their floor for run-off of the system. Any
and all personnel that were involved with the approval of the
design and run-off at the automation vendor's facility
should be involved, as well as one Production person
from each shift running the new automated sytem.
Immediately following your onsite on your new equipment by the
automation vendor, it is likely that you will have some minor problems
which may require adjustments of one sort or another. You should document
any/all problems incurred over the first two week period of production,
describing them in detail. Approximately two weeks into
running the system, contact your automation vendor and request
that the automation vendor schedule a visit at your facility to
discuss all problems documented. A copy should be sent
to them for their review prior to the visit. Major problems, however,
should be dealt with immediately.
- Assembled components - as the automated system will produce
- Specifications of any equipment your company prefers. Keep
this short but complete. Be sure to include the color you request
the automated system be painted as well as any other options
specific to your company.
- Two sets of updated prints of components; making notes on
print if any of the parts are not to contain flash/burrs or any
- If molded parts, samples from each cavity are required.
- Provide information that your Quality Control Department would
be looking for during assembly at your facility.