Home>Production Engineering>Automation>Helping businesses automate assembly applications

Helping businesses automate assembly applications

02 May 2023

THE DEMAND for automating the application of tapes and adhesives in manufacturing processes is increasing rapidly. This collaboration will help connect manufacturers to the automation resources needed to achieve their production goals.

3M and HowToRobot have announced a collaboration that will help 3M customers find bonding automation solutions through HowToRobot’s global market platform which covers over 16,000 robot and automation suppliers. The platform will bring added visibility to 3M-trained automation suppliers as well as connecting 3M's customers to resources to automate their bonding applications.

"We're excited to work with HowToRobot and their global network of robot and automation suppliers as this will help our customers find a solution that fits their needs," said Taylor Harper, business development director within 3M's Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. "As demand for automating industrial tape and adhesive applications increases, we want to make sure our customers have access to the most relevant options at the right cost."

The need for automation in the manufacturing sector is driven by several factors, including labour shortages, increasing throughput, and the need for improved productivity. While automating tape and adhesive applications can help a business overcome these challenges, finding a supplier who has a solution for a customer’s bonding application can be challenging.

By combining 3M’s tape and adhesive expertise with HowToRobot’s platform, customers can have confidence they are finding a tape or adhesive automated solution at the right cost, quickly and easily. This is achieved by providing tailored, competitive offers from automation suppliers free of charge, helping businesses save time and money in their search for automation solutions.

"We're happy to work with 3M to help their customers automate their bonding applications," said Søren Peters, CEO of HowToRobot. "Our platform helps businesses get a quick overview of relevant solutions and their cost. By featuring 3M Bonding Automation Network members, we are now able to better match buyers with companies that already work with and support the tape and adhesive brand currently used by many businesses."