Automation helps save a lot of time and effort, and at the same time, it helps get a job done more accurately. Industrial automation involves using robots, control systems, and computers to handle and perform certain operations.
Automating the manufacturing process can help a business achieve high levels of productivity and efficiency while increasing product quality and profits. Automation control products require little or no human participation to operate. These systems often perform the operations of assembling, processing, inspecting, or handling materials.
Automation is significantly transforming the manufacturing industry. The shift from manual manufacturing methods to automated processes is termed the Industry 4.0 revolution. This revolution is bringing cyber-physical systems into existence. Many manufacturing units are already employing robots and digital technology to automate processes.
Here are reasons why a company should consider implementing automation control products for manufacturing:
Increased Workplace Safety
Transferring some dangerous tasks to automated machines can make the workplace safer. Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was signed into law in 1970, the safety and health of employees have become a priority. Automation has made the workplace safer for employees.
Reduced Labor Cost
Investing in automation can help to replace manual operations and, thus, reduce increasing labor costs.
Increased Labor Productivity
Automated systems can perform tasks more efficiently than manual operations. Manufacturing process automation increases labor productivity and the total rate of production.
Reduced Manual Tasks
Automation can reduce several operations that are repetitive, tiring, or boring for employees.
Accomplish Impossible Manual Tasks
There are certain manufacturing operations and processes that are not possible without the involvement of machines. Examples include rapid prototyping through graphic modeling, making complex surfaces with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) or numerical controlled systems, and integrated circuits fabrication. These processes have special requirements for miniaturization, accuracy, and geometry that are impossible to achieve manually.
Enhanced Product Quality
Automation reduces the fraction defect rate, and automated operations are performed with greater conformity and uniformity.
Avoid Higher Costs of Not Automating
Automation benefits can lead to higher sales, better quality, improved productivity, a better bottom line due to higher efficiencies, and a better company image. Companies implementing automation may need to catch up to their competitors who have chosen to automate.
Reduced Manufacturing Lead Time
Automation helps to reduce the elapsed time between the order of the customer and product delivery.
A considerable benefit of industrial automation is that it helps in monitoring and predictive maintenance. Production lines and the production floor can be continuously monitored using sensors. These sensors track temperature, acoustics, time, frequency, oil pressure, and other parameters related to the production process. If the sensors detect any change in these parameters, they will immediately send an alert. When the alert is received, the technicians can immediately identify the cause of the change. If it is noted that the changes in parameters may cause equipment problems or issues in the production process, then immediate service or repairs can be done. Automation helps identify possible issues before they become huge problems resulting in production downtime.