While the final product or application varies dramatically, the objective of any equipment is always clear: accomplish a predetermined operation in the simples, most consistent and repeatable matter. Achieving these objectives requires innovative ideas, skill, and experience. At PROD Design & Analysis, Inc., creating efficient and effective high quality equipment is our goal.
Our company specializes in developing comprehensive solutions that commonly utilize three core technologies, including laser marking, machine vision, and precision motion. The integration of these technologies has allowed our team of engineers to solve the most difficult challenges typical of complex assembly and test processes.
Technologies common in the marking of components for trace ability have been evolving. These are common in medical industry, where traceability of product is critical, and also utilized in other industries where product serialization is required. PROD has focused on the use of lasers for these applications, where the flexibility of laser marker allows the technology to be implemented in a wide range of products and materials. These are commonly used in conjunction with direct data, such as barcode or RFID tags, that allow for machine to machine communication and minimize human data entry errors.
Machine vision is focused on verification of assembly quality. We primarily utilize Cognex vision systems, as these have proven to be robust in handling component variations. Efforts are focused on graphically presenting the inspection results to production associates, so that equipment becomes friendly and readily displays the defect.
With precision motion, we refer to a range of applications where component and assembly tolerances simply do not allow for variations. Here, we commonly remove pneumatic cylinders and are replaced with intelligent actuators, capable of achieving accuracies of 0.01mm as well as sensing exerted forces. While the bulk of applications require linear actuators, it is also common to use robots where 3D motion is required.