Ensure that each part is fully and correctly specified for dimension, function, quality, material, and shape. Don't accept supplier parts outside specification. These parts may be incorrectly accepted on the grounds that they perform the same function, and yet they may not be acceptable to the automatic feeder tooling, workhead or fixturing.
Minimize the variation in component and product designs.
Minimizing the variation in part designs reduces the numbers of feeders
used and enables standardisation of gripper and fixture design.
Minimizing variations reduces changeover times and enables standard
magazines and packs to be used.
An existing product will be designed for production by manual
assembly. It is unlikely that an automatic assembly system will
accept the part designs for a product currently assembled manually. The
product needs to be re-designed to suit the machine principles, e.g.
positional accuracy of a pick and place unit.