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There was once a powerful saying, one that today bears more weight than it did in its own time – “better living through automation”. As far as we can tell, this saying really first appeared in the 1950s, which was a unique time in history. It was the first time economic growth was a global, interconnected phenomenon, and it marked the point when technological progress became a truly cooperative, massively-international endeavor. The latter has been a persistent thing ever since.
Of course, industrial automation wasn’t even new at that point – since the dawn of the industrial revolution and the advent of the assembly line, new machines have always been devised to automate simple, repetitive processes. This was crucial to productivity, freeing up valuable human resources for the many more complex and variable-heavy tasks with which these simple machines couldn’t hope to grapple.
Today, industrial automation is a far cry from that simpler time, thanks to the advent of advanced, durable robotics, robust computing and sophisticated sensor technologies. Machines have become smarter and more mechanically versatile, while also increasing, sharply, their awareness of their environment and the processes for which they’re designed.
Of course, modern industrial automation continues to free up human resources for the more complex tasks for which they’re better suited, but it also brings in a myriad of other benefits which weren’t possible just a few decades ago.
Allow us to give you a brief tour of the many ways by which your facility could benefit from our bleeding edge industrial automation technology and implementations. You owe it to your business to be as productive, as high-quality and as safe as possible, and that’s what we’re here to help you achieve.
Advantages of Industrial Automation
Improve Your Productivity
Well, as we said, the original purpose of automation was to improve productivity, and it does so in two ways.
The more obvious one, which comes immediately to mind, is the tirelessness with which these machines can work. To be blunt, industrial machines don’t need to clock out after eight hours, they don’t need vacation time, and they certainly don’t expect overtime pay.
Machines don’t need rest, they don’t need to put food on the table, and mostly, they don’t make mistakes if they’re overworked. Of course, they do need brief intervals of downtime for routine inspection, maintenance and repairs, but this is a minuscule amount of time compared to what a human being performing the task, would need.
This means that, as long as cautions are taken, machines can work 24/7/365 aside from those brief maintenance periods. Your production process never ceases, and this is achieved without sacrificing quality nor safety.
The other end of this productivity boost comes from that freeing up of human resources for tasks that actually need a human body’s versatility and a human mind’s complex decision making. When human workers are supplementing the automation via supervision, maintenance and any stage of a production process just too complex or variable-heavy for preprogrammed routines to handle, those processes themselves become smoother, and less often-interrupted as well.
People make mistakes. It doesn’t matter how intelligent, how skilled nor how vigilant any human being may be, mistakes can be made. This is amplified exponentially when repetition comes into play for prolonged periods of time, and it becomes yet worse if this long period of repetition runs at a pretty significant clip.
This is (along with poor QA) has been the leading cause of significant ratios of rejects or defects in pretty much any industrial process you can name. Without modern automation, there’s basically a hard limit to how small a ratio of rejects/defects you can achieve with any given process – being too aggressive in resolving it would actually stress the workforce more and increase the problem rather than resolve it.
Machines are engineered with precise measurements, and any programs or logic routines which control these machines work the same exact way every single time they execute. Fatigue, stress and the gradual deficit of focus just isn’t a problem modern computer-controlled machines suffer from.
QA itself is also improved, as advanced sensor technologies and other measurement technologies, enhanced through computing, can spot a lot of defects nigh instantly, and even adjust their own processes to eliminate them in the next batch if AI is also at play.
Built on Modern Technologies
In the past, when you change a step in a process, add a step, or implement a whole new line and process altogether, it was a major undertaking. Training the people performing these tasks was expensive not just in the training itself and the time this took, but in the initially high failure rate that unavoidably followed.
With automation, the machine already knows exactly what to do, and any complicated logic to govern it, simply has to be installed on the controlling computer(s). No training needs to happen, and with modern compatibilities, the other machinery and logic already present, can readily adapt to work with this addition with very little difficulty.
Information is Power
We’ve made no attempt to hide the fact that modern automation, regardless of mechanical intricacy, is very much built around computing technologies (consistently the fastest-growing tech sector on the planet since the 1980s). These computers aren’t just supervising and controlling the machinery, they’re also logging all kinds of information from every single step of every process.
Of course, not every single datum of this information is independently useful, but the resolution of metrics and analytics you can acquire from your automated processes is absolutely massive.
With the proper software to process and itemize this information, you can forecast production capacities, identify bottlenecks, and easily model more streamlined, cost-effective processes that don’t sacrifice quality nor productivity.
The fiscal information that can be obtained from this, too, is absolutely colossal.
Safety is Key
Safety should always be any facility’s number one priority, hands-down. With modern industrial automation, especially with the advanced robotics we can help you implement, your people can be freed from the most dangerous or physically strenuous tasks that most processes involve. This greatly eliminates the risk of accidents and the gradual bodily damage that long-time workers once suffered over the length of their careers. This is something that we should all consider invaluable.
Industrial automation changes the very face of industry, and in all of the best ways. Are you ready to step into the 21st century, and to succeed in your industry in ways you once thought impossible? Fill out our contact form today to take that first step into the future.