Factory Management Solutions: Industrial Automation
The manufacturing industry is constantly striving to increase production and lower costs and over the past few years, automation has made its way into the manufacturing process. There was a time when only the major players could afford automation; fast forward to today, where a single technician sits in front of the HMI monitor and manages the entire line.
Human Machine Interface
In order for technicians to control complex industrial processes, they need to have touch-screen interactivity and a monitor that shows all processes in real-time. There must be multiple COM ports and self-editing software that is user-friendly in order to have complete control of all the processes and variants. If you are designing automation from the ground up, talk to a specialist provider of HMI solutions and they can design and build the perfect human machine interface for your team to manage the line.
AI & Manufacturing
There is a place for machine learning in the automated production world; mega-factories already use AI to manage their facilities; a dozen employees is all it takes to keep a huge line moving, if you have the right systems in place. Cloud based data solutions make for multiple site management, as all data is shared and comes through the AI software before it reaches a human; in some systems, the human is taken out of the loop completely.
If you are ready to start introducing automation into your small factory; approach an automation specialist who would take a look at your processes and make a few suggestions. Rather than trying to fully automate your factory, it should be gradually introduced, with the aim of increasing production and lowering running costs. Once the specialist makes a proposal, if you are happy with everything, the process can begin.
It is necessary to have an alarm system when managing a production line; the HMI monitor shows all alarms and there are audio warnings that you can check. A large factory might have 8-10 technicians in the control room, with a complete wall taken up by monitors and HMI devices, which enables every single process to be monitored in real time.
Harsh Working Environments
The control equipment is designed for harsh environments, giving reliability and durability, both of which are critical in the manufacturing industry. If cooling is required, this can be integrated into the control room build; climate control is often a requirement in a large automated factory.