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Improve your carbon footprint with an automated production line

Improve your carbon footprint with an automated production line

The introduction of pneumatic cylinders and automation on production lines has proven to be a cost-effective way of working. Moving the manufacturing world into the modern era with the use of automated machinery has not only improved workload but reduced carbon emissions. Read more to find out how – with the use of pneumatics like rodless cylinders – automated production lines are reducing carbon emissions.

Benefits of an automated production line

With the use of pneumatic cylinders, there are a handful of benefits of using automated production lines. They are:

  • More efficient production
  • Cost effective
  • Less human manual labour
  • Lower carbon emissions

For decades, factories around the world have used manual handling across their production lines, with people hired to perform specific tasks over and over again to ensure the smooth running of the line. However, due to the advancements in technology, manufacturing is quicker and more efficient than ever thanks to automation.

Pneumatic cylinders hooked into an automated production line and worked by a central control system have seen companies around the world improve their efficiency and, more importantly, reduce their carbon footprint.

An automated production line consists of a series of workstations linked by a transfer system and an electronic control system. Each station performs a specific function and the product is processed step-by-step as it moves along the line in a predefined sequence.

A fully automated operation does not require people to be directly involved in each step of the process. Instead, the only human intervention involves a change to system design, adjustment, supervision and monitoring the system.

Cylinders used in automated production lines

In order to create an efficient production line, the use of pneumatic cylinders are recommended. They range in their size and function and play important roles in the automated system.

Rodless pneumatic cylinder

Rodless pneumatic cylinders are used in a wide range of applications, including manufacturing, automotive, packaging, printing and more. A rodless cylinder consists of an internal piston which moves within the cylinder driven by compressed air.

Rodless cylinders are popular due to their smaller footprint and an ability to better support high loads and moment forces.

Roundline pneumatic cylinder

Designed to produce linear motion, roundline pneumatic cylinders are ideal for industrial processing tasks, such as positioning and clamping. Due to their compact size, roundline cylinders are excellent for use in restricted spaces, and for small bore and medium duty applications.

VDMA cylinder

Similar to a roundline pneumatic cylinder, a VDMA cylinder is ideal for use in smaller spaces, and can be designed to meet all your internal cylinder requirements.

Lower carbon emissions

Because of the rising number of fully automated systems in the manufacturing industry, the number of jobs in the field has reduced. This has led to an improved carbon footprint though because heavy duty manually-operated machinery produces more CO2 to the environment compared to electric ones.

Automated production lines can therefore help to reduce carbon emissions worldwide, helping to clear up the air.

Automated, electrical production systems can also be tailored to reduce energy waste, producing not only an efficient system, but producing fewer emissions.

Experts in pneumatic systems

Here at Matara, we are experts in pneumatic systems, with a wide array of products encompassing everything from pneumatic cylinders, pneumatic valves and the sensor switches needed to build complex smart pneumatic systems. To find out more about the range of pneumatic components available from Matara, speak to one of our expert team by calling +44 (0)1684 850 000 or email us on sales@matarauk.co.uk.

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