Frequently asked questions
I would like to install a cobot. For what types of process are cobots recommended?
A cobot (a contraction of “collaborative” and “robot”) works close to and in collaboration with a human being, providing support by lifting heavy loads, presenting parts to be assembled, etc. In doing so it reduces the risk of MSD.
I would like to robotise but I have only small production runs / a wide variety of parts. Is robotisation feasible?
A robot is easy to programme and therefore flexible. All it takes is reconfiguration and possibly a change in peripheral equipment to adapt it to perform different tasks. A robot is therefore quite suitable for small production runs and different parts.
In what way does a robot perform better than a special machine?
The special machine is used for a specific situation or requirement at a given point in time. When circumstances change, a special machine, which is highly specialised for a given application, is difficult to modify and therefore becomes obsolete. Conversely, the robot is flexible: it can be readily reconfigured and adapted to meet new requirements.
In addition, a robot is a standard product produced on a large scale. Its fatigue, wear resistance and reliability characteristics are well known, unlike those of a special machine, which by definition is one-of-a-kind and designed to meet a specific requirement, and which has characteristics that are specific and determined in use.
I don't know where to start.
We deliver simultaneous engineering, a special service that supports a customer wishing to mechanise or robotise and is provided from the design phase onwards. The goal is to find technical solutions matching your needs, from both a technical and an economic point of view. We support your project from the start to ensure that all aspects are taken on board.
Why is maintenance more than repairing installations?
Maintenance teams generally have a broad overview of the day-to-day difficulties encountered in the plant. Problems and breakdowns are generally resolved by conventional maintenance processes, which consist in repairing the machine or restoring it to its original condition. The team may also be called on to analyse the causes of breakdowns so as to adjust the maintenance plan and avoid recurrence of the problem.
Actemium does more. We focus on improvement and innovation strategies. We identify, categorise and assess underlying problems, analyse the proposed application of new technologies (IIoT, robot/automation control, HMI updates, continuous in-line supervision, augmented reality, etc.). Lastly, we work with the customer to upgrade equipment and systems.
What impact can maintenance have on sales?
Reliable, efficient equipment helps the company achieve its goals. When engineering is included in maintenance contracts, methods and maintenance engineers work together as a team to bring together the various customer departments in charge of production monitoring, quality, logistics, equipment engineering, supply chain, etc. Among other things, this eliminates equipment down time and improves site efficiency.
What is RCM and how does it affect a company's operating costs?
RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance) is a method that Actemium uses to determine the most efficient approach to maintenance.
This method involves a detailed analysis of faults in critical plant equipment. Faults are assessed to determine the viability of specific maintenance tasks and their ability to eliminate breakdowns. RCM analysis then makes it possible to draw up an optimised, profitable maintenance plan.
What is predictive maintenance?
Predictive maintenance is used to maintain equipment according to its actual condition in use. Process data (vibration monitoring, thermal imaging, energy consumption, etc.) is analysed to determine the condition of a system and the probability of a breakdown. Maintenance work can then be scheduled only when it is needed.