Your best and most experienced people on the manufacturing floor make an art of their work, but are sometimes reluctant to change. Your least experienced and/or most timid people avoid asking anything twice, so they wade through documentation and search for answers.
“The operator’s station, whether it was machining, welding, bending, or assembly was always full of part drawings and instructions,” explained Engineering Manager Marco Guzman. “They would constantly be flipping pages while working to make sure they were at the right step in the process and that the quality was where we needed it to be.”
Several years before Clearpath Robotics’ founders were named to Business Insider’s “People to Watch in 2015” list, Matthew Rendall, Ryan Gariepy and Bryan Webb were University of Waterloo mechatronics engineering students.
In the past few years, we have started to see the proliferation of systems that help machine operators better understand what they are working on through visual representations – for instance, several fabricating companies now have controls that allow you to see what you are bending on-screen as you bend a part.