How to Implement Error-Proofing Manufacturing & be COVID-19 Compliant


Minor fastening errors can quickly blossom into big problems. Over- or under-tightening can cause the fastener or assembly to fail under stress, either immediately or later. When a fastener fails, it can have serious repercussions, including overloading other parts and creating a cascading failure or rattling free in a moving assembly like an engine. As they say, loose screws sink ships.

Safeguarding against fastening failures requires you to deploy tools equipped with error-proofing capabilities that track each screw the tools fasten. When a fastening error occurs, the torque control system will detect it, flag it, and prevent the product from moving further down the line. IoT connected automation tools improve production and quality by collecting and storing data as well as providing real-time transparency in a manufacturer’s assembly operations. Such real-time transparency enables quality assurance personnel to detect any fastening issues as soon as they arise. 


Adapting Manufacturing Area to a COVID-19 Environment 

The COVID-19 impact poses unique challenges for industrial manufacturers that require implementing contingent safety measures for safeguarding employees while balancing the needs of production demands. It is a critical time to explore a proactive deployment of automation tools to decrease worker density throughout the assembly area.


What You Will Learn in this 3-Part Webinar Series:


Webinar # 1: Error-Proofing the Fastening Process and be COVID Compliant

May 21st, 9am PST

  • Control monitor and ensure screws are properly tightened
  • Program key parameters and sequences to control the tightening process 
  • Complete fastening data collection for traceability
  • Implement communication protocols for manufacturing line control
  • Ensure accurate and repeatable torque control
  • Meet COVID-19 compliance requirements by transforming your production space to achieve social distance mandates


Webinar # 2: Error-Proofing the Fastening Sequence and Tool Position

June 4th, 9am PST

  • Ensure correct fastener sequencing 
  • Use visual sequence guides to display drawings or photos
  • Prevent parts from leaving the production area with missing screws 
  • Monitor and control error-proofing and fastening sequence without the extra programming costs associated with PLCs

Webinar # 3: Bullet Proof Error-Proofing the Complete Tightening Process Control

June 18th, 9am PST

  • Implement multiple layers of error-proofing systems within manufacturing 
  • Ensure Error-free fastening and torque control achieved correctly 
  • Reduce or eliminate rework and warranties 
  • Increase efficiency in manufacturing by having many products assembled at fewer stations