Industrial Automation Industry
Industrial Automation is the use of robots, computer control system and information technologies to increase the productivity of factories, add value to their supply chain and face the new challenges of the rapid changing industrial world. Factory automation has also the end goal of lower the operational cost of the production and to ease the manual labour. Every day, more and more factories are increasing the automation in their facilities but every application has its own challenge. We take this challenge as a new opportunity to grow.
Advantages of Industrial Automation
Industrial automation eliminates healthcare costs and paid leave and holidays associated with a human operator. Further, industrial automation does not require other employee benefits such as bonuses, pension coverage etc. Above all, although it is associated with a high initial cost it saves the monthly wages of the workers which leads to substantial cost savings for the company. The maintenance cost associated with machinery used for industrial automation is less because it does not often fail. If it fails, only computer and maintenance engineers are required to repair it.
– High productivity
Although many companies hire hundreds of production workers for a up to three shifts to run the plant for the maximum number of hours, the plant still needs to be closed for maintenance and holidays. Industrial automation fulfills the aim of the company by allowing the company to run a manufacturing plant for 24 hours in a day 7 days in a week and 365 days a year. This leads to a significant improvement in the productivity of the company.
– High Quality
Automation alleviates the error associated with a human being. Further, unlike human beings, robots do not involve any fatigue, which results in products with uniform quality manufactured at different times.
– High flexibility
Adding a new task in the assembly line requires training with a human operator, however, robots can be programmed to do any task. This makes the manufacturing process more flexible.
– High Information Accuracy
Adding automated data collection, can allow you to collect key production information, improve data accuracy, and reduce your data collection costs. This provides you with the facts to make the right decisions when it comes to reducing waste and improving your processes.
– High safety
Industrial automation can make the production line safe for the employees by deploying robots to handle hazardous conditions.
Disadvantages of Industrial Automation
– High Initial cost
The initial investment associated with the making the switch from a human production line to an automatic production line is very high. Also, substantial costs are involved in training employees to handle this new sophisticated equipment.
– Requirement for business restructuring
– Large number of small scale industries in nations like India which do not possess the means of buying such systems
Key aspects in automated factories
- Precision Control & Safety Requirements
- Industry 4.0
- Internet of Things
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