TCA Technologies Inc. offers a variety of unique machine solutions designed to fit your specific application requirements.Over 15 Years in Business!
Our engineers work with you to properly determine your requirements then we develop a concept that meets these needs for maximum return on investment. One of our strengths is the ability to develop, fabricate, assemble, program, and test each system with our in-house staff.
TCA Technologies Inc. approaches each project with a commitment to quality, performance and customer satisfaction. Our experienced staff provides installation, start-up, training and technical support to meet your needs on time and within budget.
We invest heavily in research and development to stay up to date on the latest technologies so we can provide the best solutions to industry. To date we have well over 1,000 systems that are successfully installed and running in manufacturing plants around the world.
Over 1,000 Systems Developed and Installed!
TCA Technologies Inc. has developed a wide range of automated systems including:
- Pick & Place Transfers and Robots
- Component Part Assembly Systems
- Hydraulic and Pneumatic Presses
- Leak Test Stands and Tooling
- Metal Forming
- Rivet and Staking Systems
- Part Trimming
- Servo Punching and Part Forming
- Part Handling and Inspection
- Vision Systems
- Turnkey Production Lines
- Plastics & Composites Forming & Molding
- High Speed Web Handling with Perforating & Die Cutting
Manufacturing Operations Potentially Ripe for Automation Include Those Exhibiting any of the Following Attributes
- Poor quality and high scrap rates due to operator inconsistency.
- Processes requiring high-speed operations to meet production demands.
- Cutting and drilling operations.
- Labour shortage. Automation may be the only answer.
- Simple and repetitive operations. These are ideal for automation and boring for people; boredom can lead to careless work.
- Dangerous/unpleasant/fatiguing operations.
- Two to three shift working. It is easier to justify the cost of investment over multiple shifts.
- Critical handling. A part may be easily damaged or contaminated. Automation can be cleaner and more consistent.
- Labour-Intensive Operations
- Skills difficult to retain. Automated machinery can be programmed to supplement these skills.
- Operations with high labour turnover. The use of automation will avoid costs of recruitment and training.
- Process bottleneck operations.
- Poor uptime of sensitive machines, due to inconsistent loading by operators.
- Expensive floor space. An automated system might require less space.
- Products specifically designed with automation in mind - for example assembly operations.
- Gauging and testing operations. Automation will reduce operator inconsistency and time consuming setups. Results can automatically be fed in to an SPC system for statistical tracking.
Operations to Avoid Automation Exhibit the Following Characteristics
- Out of control processes. Automation will fail in an unstructured, poorly controlled environment; it cannot adapt to change like people can.
- Poor parts consistency. People are usually fairly successful at checking parts before assembling/processing them and "making them fit" if possible. To error proof the process you must be prepared to use a high number of sensors, or use a vision system, for parts checking (and create a very complex machine in the process). It is better to put the effort into finding and fixing the problem at the source and then consider the automation.
- Complex manipulative operations. Nothing yet competes with human manipulation and hand-eye co-ordination skills. Unless the operation can be broken down into a series of elementary stages, do not bother. Just admire the skill of a good worker.
- Low volume manufacture that requires human decision-making at some point in the process