Debug, Checkout, and Startup

November 21, 2023 - Author: Andrew Harris - I&C MI Team Lead | Director of Business Development

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The debugging process for assembly systems

Why the Debugging Process is Crucial for Assembly Systems

Following months of development, including processes, drawings, and component integration, your automated assembly machine approaches completion. However, before hitting ‘start,’ essential steps of debugging, checkout, and startup must occur.

In the article published by Assembly Magazine, “Debug, Checkout and Startup,” Andrew Harris discusses the importance of debugging, checkout, and startup in regards to an automation project. Check out the full article to learn about:

  • Debugging complexity – Errors are inevitable in constructing or programming assembly and complex test equipment, underscoring the heightened importance of debugging.
  • Time constraints – Choosing to rush through debugging might seem efficient when time is tight, but it often creates more problems in the long run.
  • Conflicting objectives – The debug, checkout, and startup process involves juggling numerous conflicting objectives, which can create stress but also bring about rewarding outcomes.
  • FAT vs. SAT – Machine builders enhance the likelihood of new installations meeting expectations by conducting comprehensive testing on equipment and components prior to shipment to customers.
  • Mistakes to avoid – The process of debugging, checkout, and startup demands thorough documentation, yet frequently, this crucial step gets overlooked.

“It’s rare for a project to always go smoothly,” warns Harris. “Typically, there’s at least one or two things that go wrong. You definitely can’t skip the debug and checkout process and go right to startup. Sometimes, there’s premature product failure.”

Even the best engineers acknowledge the inevitability of debugging. With each automation project’s uniqueness and diverse customer requirements, the debugging process can vary between projects. The complexity of new assembly systems and test equipment presents numerous opportunities for potential errors to arise. However, certain fundamental principles apply universally to both machine builders and customers.

Read the full article here.