Having industrial automation is a necessity, but there's a lot of gray area when it comes to calculating the benefits. And part of that gray area is due to how well a facility's automation is set up.
Automation technology alone isn't enough to ensure that all of a facility's procedures and objectives are met. Here's a closer look at how good automation technology may benefit facilities.
- Higher Production Rates
- Increased Productivity
- Lower Costs
- Improved Product Quality
- Improved Safety
1- Higher production rates
The first advantage of good simple automation technology is that it leads to higher production rates. This is because good automation technology is designed to optimize processes and workflows, making it possible to produce more in less time.
What can we do with what we've got? It's worth thinking about the entire system design, identifying bottlenecks, and attempting to overcome them when it comes to increasing production rates. A good automation system addresses many of these concerns.
A simple example of a production bottleneck is in how ingredients are metered. Say you have a product that is made up of ten different ingredients, and the current system meters each ingredient individually. An automation system that meters all ten ingredients at the same time will increase the speed of every single production run.
2- Increased productivity
Manufacturers can hire hundreds of workers and keep them working around the clock to boost production. Even after that, the plant must be shut down for maintenance and repairs, as well as holidays. As a result, achieving a 100 percent uptime is impossible.
The benefits of Industrial IoT automation are that it allows you to achieve almost 100 percent uptime by working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. It leads to an enormous increase in production levels. IIoT's predictive maintenance technology helps businesses deal with failure better and minimize operational downtime.
Good automation technology in manufacturing can improve productivity by reducing or eliminating the need for manual labor. This not only saves time but can also reduce costs associated with hiring and training workers to operate interface machines.
Think of this: With your current automation system, how long does it take to identify a failure or fault in the system and remedy the situation?
Often, boosting productivity entails decreasing downtime since when you're down, you aren't producing.
With a proper setup automation system, a fault or failure can raise a notification to appear and notify your facilities manager there is a problem. A solid automation system not only diagnoses issues but may also solve them. Solving production problems before they become serious might improve productivity by a lot.
3- Lower Costs
Having good automation technology means having lower costs. There are two ways to look at how automation lowers costs:
- The first is by increasing productivity, which leads to increased profits and allows a company to reinvest those profits in other areas.
- The second is by decreasing the need for manual labor, which lowers the costs associated with hiring and training workers.
Through automation, the complex process of fabricating a product can be simplified to its most basic components.
Automation systems can be improved indefinitely until they are as efficient as possible in terms of generating little waste heat, utilizing the fewest amount of power, easily integrating with one another, and focusing on precise and controlled movements. All of this results in greater efficiency, which lowers costs while increasing profits.
4- Improved product quality
How consistent are your results? Product quality is increasingly determined by precision and repeatability these days. If your production ways are inconsistent over time, product consistency will be damaged.
A good automation system will assist you in maintaining product consistency on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis while monitoring for faults or failures in product quality and consistency.
Remember, robots, EOATs and automated machines do not experience fatigue or become weary, like people. They do not get bored and lose concentration. As a result of this, they don't make many mistakes.
Industrial automation reduces errors and helps to enhance quality standards.
5- Improved safety
Are you keeping your workers at a safe distance? Industrial automation systems are critical in ensuring that employees are kept safe.
Working in certain industrial sectors may be hazardous. Many industrial processes employ powerful chemicals and/or high electrical voltage to create items. In certain situations, workers' and operators' safety must be considered. Work-related accidents may result in large financial settlements for businesses in some cases.
Industrial automation systems ensure that operators can work in a safe environment. Robots perform all dangerous tasks. The more you automate, the further away you keep people and allow conveyors and hoppers to fill grinders and mixers with the material.
Industry 4.0 also enables better safety precautions through digital protection via cyber-security, providing more data and personnel security.
Do you have a machine that needs to be automated?
At Nevatio Engineering we know how to build machines and we know how to automate them. Our team is compressed of manufacturing engineering experts who will work with you every step of the way, from design through installation, so your project is completed on time and within budget.
Automation can help increase productivity by up to 500%. It can also reduce costs by as much as 80% when compared with manual labor. And it’s not just about saving money – automation makes workers safer too! You can rest easy knowing that our experienced engineering team will get your job done right the first time around.
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About Nevatio Engineering
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