Optimizing High-Mix Low-Volume Manufacturing Advanced Automation
February 1, 2024
Optimizing High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturing with Advanced Automation

Staying ahead of the pack means embracing innovation. If you want to boost efficiency without breaking the bank on large machines, this article is for you.

Let’s look at how cobots, paired with welding positioners, aren’t just a solution—they’re your competitive edge in high-mix, low-volume production.

We will uncover how these methods can redefine your manufacturing capabilities, setting you apart from the competition.

In this article

• TL;DR ›

• Why High-Mix, Low-Volume? ›

• Challenges of High-Mix, Low-Volume Production, and How to Overcome Them ›

• Cobots and Welding Positioners: A Perfect Match for HMLV ›

• Take The First Step ›

• FAQ ›

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Integration: Cobots and welding positioners enhance high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) manufacturing.
Challenges addressed: Variability in production demands, complexity in quality control, and need for flexibility.

Solutions offered: Quick reconfiguration of production lines and consistent quality with cobots and positioners.

Benefits: Flexibility, precision, and scalability, improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness in HMLV production.

Target audience: Ideal for small to medium-sized manufacturers seeking automation without large investments.

Operational improvements: Enables quick adaptation to customer demands, reduces waste and rework, and empowers the workforce.

Why High-Mix, Low-Volume?

Imagine being able to tackle a wide variety of products in smaller volumes without compromising on cycle time or quality.

That’s the heart of high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) manufacturing. It’s about flexibility and adapting to customer needs on the fly.

But, the challenge? Maintaining productivity and quality.

Challenges of High-Mix, Low-Volume Production, and How To Overcome Them

HMLV production presents unique challenges that require innovative solutions to maintain efficiency and profitability.

Variety in production demands

Needing to produce a wide variety of products in small quantities introduces complexity in scheduling, setup, and inventory management.

Solution: Implement flexible automation technologies, like cobots and welding positioners, to allow for rapid production line reconfiguration to meet changing demands without significant downtime.

Complexity in quality control

Consistent quality across a diverse product range can be difficult, especially when each product may have different specifications and quality standards.

Solution: Advanced monitoring and quality control systems integrated with automation equipment can provide real-time feedback and adjustments, ensuring high-quality output regardless of the product mix.

Need for flexibility

Traditional automation solutions often lack the flexibility needed for HMLV production, as they are designed for large-scale, repetitive tasks.

Solution: Cobots and welding positioners offer the necessary flexibility because they can easily be programmed for different tasks. They can quickly switch between jobs without extensive retooling, making them ideal for HMLV environments.

Cobots and Welding Positioners: A Perfect Match for HMLV

You’re probably aware that automation can ramp up your production line. But, there’s a catch—cobots alone can’t unlock their full potential in HMLV settings. Welding positioners play a vital role in transforming cobots from being helpful to being indispensable.

Why Positioners?

Welding positioners do exactly what their name suggests—they position parts for optimal welding, making it easier and faster for cobots to do their job.

This duo tackles the HMLV challenge head-on, enabling precision and versatility for a wide range of tasks without constant reprogramming or manual intervention. Giving you a scalable solution that grows with your production needs.

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Boosting ROI and Flexibility

The secret to making HMLV production profitable lies in maximizing uptime and minimizing downtime.

By integrating cobots with positioners, you’re not just automating tasks; you’re creating a flexible, efficient workflow that can adapt to various production demands without missing a beat.

This combination elevates productivity and ensures consistent quality—two critical factors in staying competitive.

Still Wondering How This Fits Into Your Production Line?

Think about the possibilities:

Adapt quickly to customer demands: With cobots and positioners, switching between products or customizations doesn’t slow you down.

Reduce waste and rework: Precision means getting it right the first time, reducing material waste and rework.

Empower your workforce: Let cobots handle the repetitive, strenuous tasks, allowing your team to focus on more complex aspects of production.

Take The First Step

Keeping up with the pace of the industry while managing high-mix, low-volume production can be challenging. Traditional methods may no longer work if you are trying to stay competitive and meet the diverse needs of your customers.

Kinetic Technologies offers a unique approach through the integration of cobots and welding positioners. This powerful combination not only streamlines your production process but also ensures flexibility, quality, and cost-effectiveness.

It’s time to move beyond traditional limitations and incorporate a solution designed for today’s manufacturing landscape.

Reach out to us today to discover how cobots and welding positioners can be seamlessly incorporated into your manufacturing process. Together, we’ll take your production capabilities to new heights, ensuring you’re not just keeping up with the demands but setting the pace.


What is high-mix, low-volume manufacturing?

HMLV manufacturing involves producing a wide variety of products in small quantities, tailored to specific customer requirements. It emphasizes flexibility and efficiency in production processes to meet diverse demands without compromising on quality or speed.

How can cobots and welding positioners improve HMLV manufacturing?

Welding positioners enhance HMLV manufacturing by providing the flexibility to easily switch between different production tasks. This combination allows for rapid reconfiguration of production lines, minimal setup times, and consistent quality across varied products.

Are cobots and welding positioners cost-effective for small shops?

Yes, cobots and welding positioners are designed to be cost-effective solutions for small to medium-sized manufacturers. Their versatility and ease of integration make them suitable for companies looking to automate without the significant investment required for traditional robotic systems.

Can cobots work with different types of welding positioners?

Cobots are highly adaptable and can work with various types of welding positioners, including fixed, rotary, tilt-rotate, and headstock-tailstock positioners. The choice of positioner depends on the specific requirements of the production task, such as the size and shape of the parts being welded.

How do I integrate cobots and welding positioners into my existing production line?

To integrate a cobot and welding positioner into an existing production line, you should:

  • Access your current processes
  • Identify areas where automation can improve efficiency
  • Select the appropriate cobot and positioner models for your needs

Integration will require staff training to operate and maintain the new equipment. We offer consultation and support services to help businesses seamlessly integrate these technologies.

Will cobots and welding positioners require significant changes to my processes?

While the introduction of cobots and welding positioners may require some adjustments to your production processes, they are generally not significant. Cobots are flexible and easy to program and are designed to minimize disruption and facilitate a smooth transition to automated operations.

What are some examples of high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) manufacturing?

Examples include custom machinery, aerospace components, medical devices and custom automotive parts.

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