Industrial Automation Systems and Their Practicality

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Industrial automation systems are systems that use a variety of controls, such as sensors, actuators, machines, and networks with the intention of automating production.

Basically, the different types of industrial automation systems remove human labor that is cost-effective and impractical, streamlining it by automating anything that can be done more efficiently by a machine.

As you can imagine, there is a far, far reaching range of benefits associated with industrial automation and control systems, including but not limited to:

● Improved productivity: Industrial automation systems can handle processes at speeds much higher than your average human worker, more efficiently, with fewer errors, and with no diminishing return as a result of fatigue. Automated solutions enable more output at a higher level of quality at a shorter level of time, and often at a lower cost.

● Reduced downtime: Industrial automation systems effectively remove the effects of human error and fatigue from a production line, which seriously limits, even eliminates, downtime. Automation systems can also reduce or entirely remove bottlenecks from production sequences, further boosting productivity.

● Improved worker safety: There are some jobs that people just should not be doing. Automating any task that involves an element of human risk is, by extension, improving worker safety. This also can reduce costs associated with payouts in the wake of injuries.

● Reduced costs: Because industrial automation systems improve productivity and eliminate time-consuming manual labor (which is often paid for by the hour) automating can have serious implications on cost reduction. Automation can also eliminate errors, accidents, and quality control concerns, which all in turn can also improve output and cut costs.

● Improved quality/finished products: Because automation systems do not make the same errors as human employees (at least when proper operating procedures and maintenance schedules are followed) they can significantly improve the quality of a finished product. This, in turn, positively affects customer satisfaction and perceptions of the finished product or the brand, producing a positive feedback loop. It also can help eliminate reverse logistics and returns inefficiencies.

● Cycle time reduction: Cycle times and lead times are two drivers of inefficiency in industrial processes and manufacturing. By limiting these, which is a natural result of automating them, both cycle and lead times can be reduced, positively impacting the bottom line.

● Flexibility and scalability: There are often steep learning curves associated with teaching employees new processes, procedures, and protocols. Industrial automation systems, at least those that are programmable/variable, will encounter no such obstacles to production. Once a system is automated, it is often much easier to adapt to changing infrastructure, demands, or other variables that would produce massive bottlenecks with human workers.

● Better data collection/transparency: Last but not least, since most modern automation processes are digitally controlled, they offer much more insight into output, energy consumption, production rates, issues encountered, and other errors that can be quantified. This data collected during production can then be leveraged to scale processes in the future for better overall efficiency, allocation of resources, and production.

Parts for Industrial Automation Systems
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