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Industrial Automation

Industrial automation is ubiquitous in today’s factories and shops, and it’s impossible to picture a production line without it. Control systems and equipment, such as computer software and robots, are used in industrial automation accomplishes tasks that were formerly performed manually. These systems automate the operation of industrial equipment, minimizing the amount of operator interaction and oversight required. Feedback loops and sensory programs are common components of automation systems, which automatically modify operational conditions to achieve desired values based on real-time input. Due to the digitalization of industry, notably with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), industrial automation technologies have improved dramatically in recent years, providing more and more options for businesses to benefit from automation solutions.

Why should you be interested in Industrial Automation? 

  • When compared to human operators, automated work cells are often less variable and less prone to error. Because of the accuracy afforded by industrial automation, the manufacturing process is more consistent and reproducible, resulting in higher-quality goods.
  • Robots can work around the clock, seven days a week, and are just faster than humans. This extended work time improves efficiency and increases the work cell’s throughput. Furthermore, industrial automation allows the work cell to be adjusted. For example, if the work cell needs to be optimized or adjustments for a new product are needed, the automated system can be reprogrammed offline with little to no downtime and little to no operator training.
  • Robotic operators are just less expensive than human operators. The only costs after the original purchase of a robot are maintenance and the energy used during operation. When compared to operator pay and benefits, the cost reductions are significant over time. Furthermore, robots optimize the process and increase quality, resulting in less waste and additional cost savings.
  • Industrial automation allows for a more efficient manufacturing line, which decreases product lead times and, in some situations, justifies retaining production in-house rather than outsourcing.

One of the most significant advantages of industrial automation is that workers are no longer required to perform hazardous jobs such as working with toxic chemicals, picking up heavy things, working in inclement weather, or performing repetitive motion duties. When robots and other automation technologies execute these types of activities, operators are safer.