Design for Automated Assembly

As worldwide competition to deliver products quickly to market increases, manufacturers are looking for ways to assemble products faster and more reliably. Advances in robotic technology are enabling the automated assembly of certain parts in manufacturing to facilitate this speed-to-market. 

Since about 85 percent of a product's cost are determined in the design stage, it's crucial that engineers begin designing a product for automated assembly early in the concept phase.

Jabil engineers have the unique blend of skills required to design products for automatic assembly. Design engineers work closely with manufacturing and automation engineers to ensure the end product is cost effective and that all design and process challenges are addressed in a timely manner.

At Jabil, we believe that good automation is not a cure for poor design therefore our engineers are engaged early in the design process and:

  • Design for automated assembly
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Design for quality and six sigma


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Design for Automatic Assembly requires automation equipment knowledge, including:

  • Presses and fixtures
  • Robotics (axes of movement, grippers, resolution, repeatability, backlash)
  • Dispensers and curing
  • Feeders / Tape and reel systems
  • Nesting and conveyer systems
  • Vision systems
  • Packaging automation
  • Servicing / Reworking

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