What is Industrial Automation?
Industrial automation is the use of control systems, such as computers or robots, and information technologies for handling different processes and machinery in an industry to replace a human being. It is the second step beyond mechanization in the scope of industrialization.
Improve the Flexibility and Quality of Your Manufacturing Process
Previously, the goal of automation was to increase productivity (because automated systems can operate 24 hours a day) and lower the costs associated with human operators. However, the emphasis of automation today is on increasing quality and flexibility in the manufacturing process.
Advantages of Industrial Automation
Lower operating costs: Industrial automation eliminates healthcare costs, paid leave, and holidays associated with human operators. Furthermore, industrial automation does not necessitate additional employee benefits such as bonuses, pension coverage, and so on. Above all, despite the high initial cost, it saves the workers' monthly wages, resulting in significant cost savings for the company. Because industrial automation machinery does not fail frequently, the maintenance costs are lower. Only computer and maintenance engineers are required to repair it if it fails.s
Despite the fact that many companies hire hundreds of production workers for up to three shifts to run the plant for the maximum number of hours, the plant must still be closed for maintenance and holidays. Industrial automation helps the company achieve its goal by allowing it to run a manufacturing plant 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This results in a significant increase in the company's productivity.
Introducing a new task to the assembly line necessitates training with a human operator; however, robots can be programmed to perform any task. This increases the manufacturing process's flexibility.
High Information Accuracy
By incorporating automated data collection, you can collect critical production information, improve data accuracy, and lower data collection costs. This gives you the information you need to make sound decisions about reducing waste and improving your processes.
By deploying robots to handle hazardous conditions, industrial automation can make the production line safer for employees.