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The Importance of Selecting the Right Automation System & Partner

Automation can save countless dollars in manufacturing costs as well as improve overall quality and efficiency of your process, therefore increasing throughput for your company.  Automating your process also provides a safer workplace for employees.  Below, we highlight what factors to consider when choosing the right Automation System for your production requirements, and what to look for when selecting your Automation Partner.

Selecting the Right Automation System

There are many factors to consider when selecting your automation system.  A reputable system integration company will help you assess each of the following factors and will design a system that meets and exceeds your specifications.  Key factors include: 

  • Return on Investment (ROI):  Your system should provide you with greater value than its initial investment cost over the course of its life.  Ideally, you should achieve ROI within a year or two (max).
  • Cycle Time:  The system should have a cycle time (parts / [time]) that meets your desired productivity level.
  • Product Quality and Throughput:  Your system should allow you to achieve the product quality and throughput required to meet your operational and/or production goals.  Quality measurement devices and vision inspection systems can help improve output quality.
  • Labor/Resource Restrictions:  Automation saves companies money by minimizing human labor and by increasing consistency and quality. 
  • Industry standards:  Your system should meet any standards that are relevant to your industry and application (e.g., ISO, OSHA, NEMA).
  • Environmental Factors:  Your system should be designed and built to be able to withstand all operating conditions within your facility, including extreme temperatures, moisture, and corrosive chemicals.
  • Employee Safety:  Your system should be designed to maximize employee safety and proper operator ergonomics, resulting in a reduction of employee work-related injuries and therefore increasing overall profitability.

Selecting Your Automation Partner 

Your system integration partner should have experience providing successful solutions for industries and applications that are the same or similar to your own; their track record should demonstrate that they can handle the type of work you need.  They should also be familiar with the nuances of your industry/application (e.g. best practices and relevant regulations) and be capable of meeting those requirements and restrictions (i.e. have the employees and equipment needed).  Additionally, they should be committed to staying up to date on the latest technology so that they can remain competitive and resilient when faced with ever-changing industry conditions and customer demands.  It is critical to have a good partnership and to share process knowledge to ensure a successful project.

Partnering With Intec 

Intec is your ideal automation partner.  We have over two decades of experience in designing, manufacturing, and integrating custom automation systems for a broad range of industries and applications.   

We are a vertically integrated automation solutions provider with internal sales, project management, mechanical and electrical design, machining, assembly, wiring, programming, testing & debugging, installation, field service, and support.  This comprehensive service approach ensures our customers receive a solution that fully meets their needs. 

We offer expertise across a multitude of platforms and maintain close relationships with our customers, vendors, and our partners, guaranteeing the best solution for your application.  

Our capabilities include assembly systems, fill and dispense systems, medical device and kitting systems, needle crimping & bending systems, tape application systems, web handling systems, custom presses, vision inspection systems, and more. 

Our clients include many tier one companies across a variety of industries, including but not limited to medical, life sciences, aerospace, consumer products, automotive, defense, security, and packaging.  For over 20 years, Intec has been working with some of the world’s largest companies, and as a result of our robust and reliable designs, attention to detail, and our gold standard customer service approach, we maintain a customer retention rate greater than 90%.  

Armed with extensive industry experience, highly skilled employees, and our partnerships with reputable equipment manufacturers, Intec is well-equipped to integrate automation systems into your facility.

To learn more about Intec Automation or to discuss your manufacturing needs with one of our experts, visit our website at www.intecautomation.com, contact us by email at corey@intecautomation.com, or phone at (603) 332-7733.

Why Automation Is the Most Cost-Effective Option for You

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major interruptions to business operations within countless industries. As a result, many companies are looking for solutions that both improve their current situation and increase their resilience when faced with unforeseen circumstances in the future. In the manufacturing sector, a key focus is assembly automation. According to a survey conducted by ASSEMBLY magazine, 32% of all assembly plants in the United States and 44% of medical device manufacturers will spend more on assembly technology in 2021 compared to the previous year. It is highly likely that a significant portion of these investments will be directed towards automation since it is a cost-effective way for businesses to increase production speed without sacrificing quality. 

At Intec Automation, Inc., we are a premier source of custom industrial automated machinery and production systems. Throughout the years, we’ve expanded our automation solutions to better meet the demands of our customers. We currently offer automation equipment that integrates a range of high-reliability hardware, including robots, conveyors, vibratory bowls, vision components, and electrical/control systems.

Automated vs. Manual Systems

Manual systems are generally simpler than automated systems, which makes them easier to implement. Additionally, they are more suitable for highly complex tasks (e.g., testing operations that involve complicated features) and more sustainable for certain tasks (e.g., testing operations that require human feedback). However, in basic operations, they are slower than automated systems. They are also more prone to error. As a result, they often prove to be more expensive in the long run. 

In contrast, automated systems are extremely cost-effective when used in the right applications. They can reduce the amount of human labor needed for time-consuming, repetitive tasks, which frees up workers to focus on ones that require higher-level decision-making. Additionally, they minimize the risk of human error, which decreases resource waste. Automated systems are best suited for simple tasks that do not require human feedback. 

How Automation Reduces Costs

Integrating automation technology into assembly operations can benefit a manufacturer in many ways, including the following: 

  • Reduced operator costs
  • Lower incidental costs
  • Higher production volume
  • Improved product consistency 
  • Improved product quality

In turn, all of these benefits can lead to an improved bottom line for the company. 

Calculating ROI for Automation Solutions

A company can achieve a good return on investment (ROI) when the automated system is implemented properly. Factors used to calculate the success of an automation solution can be classified into two categories: soft and hard. 

Indirect ROI metrics are more difficult to measure since they are not as quantifiable in numbers. They may include: 

  • Increased efficiency and productivity
  • Improved brand reputation
  • Enhanced visibility and accountability
  • Reduced bottlenecks
  • Better team collaboration
  • Greater policy compliance
  • Higher customer satisfaction

Direct ROI metrics are easy to quantify in numbers. They may include: 

  • Amount of time saved per task
  • Improvement to the rate of workflow completion and approval/rejection
  • Decrease in operational costs
  • Reduction in roles required
  • Overall process cost savings

Intec Partners With Industry Experts

We partner with some of the most highly respected names in equipment manufacturing to ensure our automation solutions use the best components. As a result, customers can trust our machines and systems to operate and perform as intended. Our equipment manufacturer partners include Rockwell Automation, Keyence, Cognex, Siemens, Epson, Mitsubishi, FANUC Automation Systems, and more. 

Intec: Your Expert and Partner for Automation Solutions

Automation technology enables businesses to streamline their operations—especially those involving highly repetitive, simple tasks—so they can improve their productivity and profitability. The experts at Intec are fully aware of these and other potential benefits, which is why we aim to provide customized turnkey automation solutions for even the most challenging manufacturing, development, and assembly needs. 

Intec has delivered industrial automation solutions to customers across a wide range of industries for over 20 years. This extensive experience enables us to design and build quality systems that allow the companies we serve to achieve ROI within an average of one to two years. 

The types of automation systems we offer include:

To learn more about our automation solutions and how they can benefit your company, contact us today.

Automation Streamlines the Assembly & Manufacturing of Medical Devices and Test Kits

Automation has increasingly become a necessity for manufacturers of medical kits and medical device equipment to stay competitive and to keep up with demand.  New technologies in automated equipment quickly and reliably assemble, inspect, and package kit components with little to no human intervention.  This enables manufacturers to increase production, reduce costs, and boost quality control.

Medical / Pandemic Applications for Automation

A large variety of medical kits and devices can be produced and assembled via automation.  For example, single-use tools such as PCR tubes, nasal swabs, oral swabs, test tubes, laminar flow test strips, needles, syringes, desiccant pouches, and pamphlets can quickly and easily be assembled and packaged into sterile, transportable kits at higher volumes.  This was especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic with the need to expedite medical supplies to the marketplace.

Automation also makes the whole process of manufacturing, quality checking, and transporting medical kit assemblies more responsive to demand.  For example, assembling medical kits requires precise, repetitive motions.  When using automation, production facilities cut the amount of time necessary to create and assemble these kits correctly, thereby getting these tools into the hands of medical professionals who need them quickly.  Some examples include:

  • Vaccines
  • Reagent Dispensing
  • Single-use Needles and Syringes
  • Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits
  • PCR Tests

Saving time and reducing infection transmission are two critical components driving demand for automation amongst medical device and test kit manufacturers.  Statistics show that 44% of production facilities will increase their automated assembly budget this year.  Medical, dental, and veterinary offices rely heavily on pre-assembled, disposable medical kits and tools because they increase efficiency, reduce costs, and prevent the spread of infection.

Furthermore, life sciences and medical device manufacturers can be hit with unforeseen circumstances impacting daily production activities and typical decision-making processes.  With the global impact of COVID-19, it has become increasingly difficult for manufacturers to meet market demands for medical devices and tools.  Automation offers a way to quickly meet product demands, even during challenging times.  Now that companies have experienced the improvements automation has afforded in terms of improved production, quality, and agility to meet rapid demand changes, they can ramp up production to meet varying demands without the burden of fluctuating their workforce.

Benefits of Automation for Medical Manufacturing

As the COVID-19 pandemic morphs into new phases, it is clear that medical manufacturing companies need to implement automation strategies to prepare for whatever comes next.  Key benefits of automation for medical manufacturers include:

Improved Safety and Reduced Human Error

The highly advanced automation systems available today nearly eliminate operator errors that are endemic to a mostly-human workforce.  This boosts safety for end-users, improves product quality by enhancing standardization across production lines, and improves safety for employees.

Enhanced Production Flexibility

With the ability to program automated assembly production line equipment to create a variety of products precisely and quickly, manufacturers can easily customize the kits with a touch of a button.

Improved Verifiability and Traceability

Automated tools can produce both 1 and 2D barcodes, unique lot numbers, QR codes, and other traceable metrics to verify products for both quality control and to meet ever-changing federal agency standards.

Better Productivity and Efficiency

Automation makes tens of millions of medical kit assemblies possible in a short amount of time.  This results in a high level of quality and efficiency that can’t be achieved with a human-only workforce.

Preparedness for Disasters and Pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ebb and flow, and there is no telling what types of disasters or challenges could come next.  Keeping employees safe is the number one priority for employers, but for medical manufacturers, things reach a critical point when the very tools that could save lives are in shortage.  This is why automation is such a critical part of a disaster preparedness plan for medical manufacturers.  It protects workers while ensuring that medical teams still have the supply of medical kits they need when they need them.

Learn More about Intec Automation and Medical Device & Kit Assembly Solutions

In an unpredictable world, automation can help manufacturers prepare for future challenges.  To learn more about why medical device and test kit manufacturers are turning to automation today, please check out our eBook.  You can also contact us today to discuss your needs with our automation experts.

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Automated Tube Flaring, What You Need To Know

 

Precision tube flaring has increased beyond many companies’ manual capabilities due to an increase in soft tissue biopsies, more elective surgeries, and an increase in both the automotive and aerospace industries. With the increased demand, automation is being considered as a viable option to keep up production due to the consistent output and the integrated quality control features, such as precision distance and force. Additionally, integrated intelligent vision systems can detect cracks and defects from the flaring process typically missed by the human eye. Intec has over 20 years of experience in the automation industry with expertise in thin-walled SS tubes that vary in length and diameter. Intec has designed and built precision flaring equipment with real-time visual quality control systems for various industries, including but not limited to Medical, Life Sciences, Automotive, and Aerospace. Please contact us today for your tube and/or cannula flaring needs.

 

Explore Our Test Tube Cap & Filter Assembly Machine

This machine assembles a filter and cap, which go into a test tube. In this case, the customer achieved triple the throughput as well as increased quality, control, and employee safety. Their expected ROI was met in less than a year. Explore more about this machine.

 

Intec, Experts in Automatically Assembling, Inspecting, and Bending Cystotome Needles

Intec has expertise in automatically assembling, inspecting, and bending #cystotome needles.

Manual assembly/bending of Cystotomes is very common in low-med. volume production, however this comes with many challenges as the process requires a highly skilled operator to place individual needles under magnification, properly orientate the tip position and angle, and manually bend the needle blank to the specific angle or radius. This is a time-consuming and tedious process, which in the end produces an inconsistent finished product with a high production cost. Additionally, the pre-sharpened cystotome needles pose a real safety hazard to the operators and present a liability challenge for many companies.

Intec has developed precision servo and vision-guided solutions to guarantee consistent high-quality needles with increased throughput. We have extensive experience feeding sheathed and non-sheathed needles, removing and replacing protective sheaths, orientating pre-sharpened needles with industrial vision systems, bending needle tips, bending angles and radii, re-sheathing bent needles, and out-feeding finished product.

Contact us today. We can help your company improve both the throughput and quality of your needle manufacturing process.

Intec offers Turnkey Machine Building

Intec Automation offers turnkey services for its machine building capabilities from collaborating with customers on the best concept of the project to providing continued support and service after the machine is built. Our project managers ensure continuity between conception of the idea and its full design. After our conceptual work is complete, the customer has been able to visualize and agree on our solution. The project next moves seamlessly into the build phase, where we employ a variety of in-house technologies. Learn more about our solution:

Intec Automation Is Hiring

Intec is hiring for two available positions.

Purchasing Manager

We are looking for an experienced Purchasing Manager to join our team. The individual in this role will be supporting both internal and external customers and will oversee the entire Purchasing department. This is a full-time salary position with a competitive benefits package. This position offers a unique opportunity to be exposed to a multitude of different industries and learning experiences.

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Automation Engineer / Machine Builder

We are looking for an energetic individual to serve as an Automation Engineer / Machine Builder. The individual we are seeking must enjoy handling projects in different phases. The company needs a hands-on, assertive individual that is self-motivated, in pursuit of personal development and growth, and who is willing to share knowledge and enhance the capabilities of co-workers and the company alike.

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Intec Celebrates 21st Year of Incorporation

Today (October 15th) marks the 21st year of Intec’s official Incorporation!

Brian Crossan started Intec with a dream and a vision to provide world-class custom automation equipment and manufacturing solutions to companies all over the world. To this day, Intec has maintained a strong customer base with a 95% repeat customer rate.

Our President, Corey Marcotte, is leading Intec into the future and next year we will be settled into our brand new facility. We have continued to grow each year and have an amazing team at Intec. When recently featured in a local newspaper for expanding during a pandemic, Corey shared these words with the team, “None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees and our loyal customer base. I want to say thanks to all of you for doing an excellent job, especially during these trying times, and special thanks to Brian Crossan (Intec’s Founder and CEO) for making his dream a reality over 20 years ago. I’m grateful for the privilege to be part of this exceptional team. Here’s to a bright future!”

Learn more about Intec Automation. 

Intec Is Featured on the Front Page in Fosters

ROCHESTER – Even in the midst of a pandemic, a local business is making plans for expansion.

Intec Automation is looking to double its manufacturing space, from 15,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, while remaining in Rochester.

Corey Marcotte, president of Intec, said the company is planning new construction. The business, which manufactures custom machines for all areas of manufacturing, plans to move from 5 Sampson Road to 6 Industrial Way.

“We are excited about our new location,” Marcotte said. “We are working through the city’s approvals and hope to have our building permit in the next couple of weeks and to start laying the foundation. We received initial planning board and other approvals in May. We are just going through the finishing touches. The city has asked for updated drawings, and we are finalizing the wastewater plan.”

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