Following the introduction of the system, we worked with the customer to determine a quality level. This enabled us to set a clear standard for inspections – something that had not been done previously – and target stable quality.
Visualizing inspection results
During visual inspections, standards tended to differ between each inspector and supervisor. However, displaying inspection standards and the results they produce on screen eliminated the need for excessive quality levels.
Preventing missed detection of major defects
While significant defects were overlooked in the past, this issue was eliminated by introducing the system.
Reducing operator load and personnel shortages
Automating the inspection of components with high quality requirements, especially the critical areas of those components, helped to reduce the mental strain placed on personnel.
Automating inspection also helped to reduce the physical strain experienced by personnel when inspecting heavy components.
While retention rates for visual inspectors had been poor, process automation successfully cut both recruitment and training costs.
Increasing cost savings
Along with inspection, automating the entire process from loading to unloading made it possible to halve the number of personnel required.
Introducing the system effectively reduced defect rates and disposal costs as well as the work hours required for repairs.