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Factory Automation

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Shiwani Prakash

A new wave of factory automation is underway. Robots are creating new environment to add modern value for manufactures. The robotics industry gear up with the expectations that it will be even bigger, faster, and more innovative than the last. It means collaborating with robots is cheaper, mobile and flexible than their predecessor and can work safely with human colleagues. Most of the companies are adopting factory automation solution to remain competitive in the fast changing marketplace. Factory automation provides successful businesses that also help users to do what they do better with the new digital tools that are available. In other words factory automation uses digital and robotics innovations to augment the workforces, rather than replacing them.

Moreover, earlier the purpose of automation was to increase productivity and reduce the cost associated with human operators(i.e. wages & benefits). However, today, the focus of automation has shifted to increasing quality and flexibility in a manufacturing process. As factory automation is changing the world of manufacturing,the forth industrial revolution (Industry4.0)is all about doing things in more efficiently, more flexibly, and in a safer and more environmentally friendly manner. Additionally to ensure the high level of automation equipment must be more efficient, intelligent and aware of the context. It should be more connected and robust than ever before to provide safety for humans interacting with them.

But driven by competitive pressure, Manufacturing has been a driving economic force since the industrial revolution. It has become more agile, innovative and cost effective and it’s not going to change anytime soon. With business technology rapidly advancing, companies stand to gain a competitive edge if they can stay current on IT trends that drive efficiencies. Perhaps that’s why by 2020, 61% of organizations plan to use gigabit Wi-Fi networking technology, 57% expect to use some form of IT automation, 48% plan to adopt IoT devices, 39% expect to use converged or hyper converged infrastructure, and 38% plan to utilize application-isolating container technology.

In industrial production the main focus is on flexibility and quality. Manufacturing flexibility not only allows for more product types, but also lets consumers order customized products that are automatically produced. Although manufacturing automation has become a popular process, with advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence(AI)and remote communication, this practice is likely to become obsolete in the coming years. New technologies in industrial automation are creating opportunities for manufacturers all around the world.

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