Benefits of Industrial Automation

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How can automation improve your processes?

Industrial automation can lead to cost savings by reducing the need for manual labor, allowing manufacturers to refocus current employees on more productive work through upskilling. With the current talent shortage, manufacturers can reduce the need to hire additional employees by automating repetitive tasks. This could also reduce workers compensation costs by reducing manual labor.

Some examples of how industrial automation is used:

  • Automated assembly lines - These are used in the manufacturing industry to assembly products step by step accurately and quickly. A prominent example is in the automotive industry.
  • Automated Processing - Instead of automating an entire assembly line, many companies choose to automate some processes. These custom machines would still be designed to work with a human but increase their efficiency and reliability by performing the complex tasks.
  • Automatic material handling - Industrial automation can utillize robots and machines to move product around a facility without the use of labor. This could mean a robotic arm or a conveyor belt.
  • Automatic welding - Robotic arms are often used to weld parts together, which can increase production speed and improve quality.
  • Automatic inspection - Instead of using humans to inspect product, cameras and sensors can be used to automate the checking of product for defects.
  • Automatic packaging - Packaging is often a time consuming process for workers. Robots or custom automated equipment can be used to package products, and when implemented properly will improve efficiency and reduce the risk of errors.
  • Automatic machine tending - Robotic arms and robot material handling systems can be used load and unload materials from all types of machines. This is often seen with CNC machining centers and mills. This frees up the humans to perform more complex tasks and monitoring.
  • Automatic palletizing - Robotic systems can be used to stack pallets of product or material, improving efficiency and reducing the risk of injuries to workers.

These are just a few examples of the ways industrial automation can be used to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve product quality. If you are looking for something on this list or outside of this list, please feel free to contact us to investigate possible solutions.

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