Custom Productivity Solutions
The following examples showcase Forbes’ answers to difficult production challenges across a diverse range of industries. In every case, our engineering and automation expertise resulted in significant efficiency and throughput improvements.
Assembly Automation Increases Throughput
SITUATION: A Tier One automotive supplier wanted to automate a cumbersome and inefficient hand assembly process, in which a small gasket was inserted into a plastic part for a high-volume automotive application.
SOLUTION: Forbes engineered a precision adhesive gasket and accompanying gasket placer, to automatically remove the gasket from the liner, and insert it into a plastic part. The customer was able to reduce the operation from three operators to one, and throughput was improved from 300 pph to 525 pph.
Automated Solution for Unique Application
SITUATION: A global electronics manufacturer wanted to automate the printing and application of a 4” x 3/16” label to a recessed area on a tray.
SOLUTION: The Forbes team developed a custom-built print and assembly unit with a 90-degree pivoting tamp head and a custom label, automating the entire process.
Pre-Labeling on Variable Surfaces
SITUATION: A major bioscience firm required the pre-labeling of test tubes and vials that were tapered with multiple shapes.
SOLUTION: Forbes customized a label printer and applicator with rollers. This allowed the label wrapper to match the various sizes and tapers. The process was fully automated.
Label Application Solution Increases Precision and Productivity
SITUATION: An automotive sub-assembly supplier needed to place a tiny (1/8” x ¼”) label into a recessed area, with little tolerance on the lock knob. In addition, there were aesthetic considerations as the part was in the interior of the vehicle, and visible to drivers.
SOLUTION: Forbes developed an automated system that consistently inserts the label in the recessed area, replacing a slow, tedious and imprecise hand operation.