Industrial Processes! We are always impressed by new products and technology. What is often overlooked, however, are the incredible manufacturing techniques that make these devices possible. They are every bit as impressive as the products that are produced but are almost unknown because they take place in manufacturing facilities that the public has no real interest in seeing.
Here is an overview of some of the industrial processes that go into the gadgets that make our lives easier and why they are every bit as impressive as the products themselves.
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#1 Laser Cutting
This process is used in industry for precise cutting in manufacturing processes. The focused beam is usually computer-controlled and directed at the material to be cut. The material is either melted or burnt away, and then a jet of gas blows away the waste material.
Because of the temperatures involved, this process can sometimes weaken the material being cut, so this process is sometimes replaced by high-pressure water cutting, which involved a jet of water and is as equally incredible as laser cutting, if not as spectacular.
#2 Manufacturing Robots
These are most frequently associated with the automotive industry, where cars are constructed by proceeding along a production line where operations are completed in turn by robotic arms.
The aim is to increase productivity and to make quality consistent, which can be difficult for a human to achieve in repetitive processes over long periods of time. While these were seen to initially displace humans from the workplace, large volumes of machinery need to be programmed and repaired to the extent that fewer people were replaced than first thought.
#3 Plastic Welding
Joining together pieces of plastic is commonplace in modern manufacturing, and many of the products we use every day are made using this technique. For this process to be successful, the surfaces need to be prepared carefully, plus the specialist tools involved would make it uneconomical to do as a DIY fix, and as a result, it usually is only completed in an industrial environment.
Only similar plastics can be joined together, and they have to be clean and free of rough edges. They are joined using a welding tool and welding rod of the correct material and thickness.
#4 CAD (or even CADD)
CAD stands for computer-aided design, sometimes used with the extra ‘D’ added for drafting. This process has made the design of almost all modern products faster and more efficient, which is essential in a fast-moving world. The ability to design in 3D and make corrections quickly and easily increase the speed of the drafting and testing phases of production, allowing for improvements and upgrades to take place more easily without literally going back to the drawing board.
These steps in the manufacturing process are often taken for granted, but without them and those like them, many of the gadgets we use and rely on to live our lives would not be as efficient or cheap as they currently are or might not even exist at all.