Industrial Automation Systems combine various sensors, data collection hardware, controls, software, business rules and logic to improve efficiency, speed and reduce errors in equipment functionality and production lines. Generally speaking, industrial automation is the use of control systems and information technologies to reduce the need for human interaction in the production of goods and services. Automating the processes of production greatly decreases the need for human sensory and mental requirements, including decision making. The goal is to examine repetitive or error prone processes and determine if industrial automation can be used to improve it.
Improve Real-Time Visibility of Operations
“Automating processes” frequently means adding an application server to the various sensors and data input devices, such as photo-eyes, fixed-mount barcode scanners and machine vision cameras. Adding that server means the data is stored in a database on a local network or in the Cloud, in real-time, where you can get to it at any time via reporting.
Instant access reporting can show you everything that’s happening on your lines until the moment you run the report. If, for example, one of your manufacturing lines has been showing an increase in rejects, you can see the data and send maintenance to investigate before something malfunctions and the line stops. You can also see which line is producing the most items—or the most rejects—and take notes of the efficiencies or get the problem employee some extra training. Real-time reporting offers very powerful information for any industrial line.
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