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Industrial automation systems are increasingly useful for medium-sized companies. Its first and main impact refers to the change of repetitive tasks. When switching from manual to automated, tasks are performed
in a shorter time, which brings productivity gains.
"Automation exists to generate productivity gains in industrial tasks, in addition to separating workers of dangerous tasks and fighting for occupational health," says Osvaldo Lahoz Maia, Innovation and Technology Manager of São Paulo de Senai.
6 reasons that make industrial automation systems a necessity in the market
This aspect is of great interest to entrepreneurs. When changing from manual to automated, the process becomes faster. It’s possible, for example, to extend production cycles and changes by performing processes with greater efficiency, higher repetition rate and lower risk of waste. That is: direct impacts on the profitability of an industry.
In addition to increasing productivity, automation (accordingly) reduces costs. This is because the machine can work more agile, controlled and safe than workers. "Companies need to reduce their production costs and to do so, they need to increase plant productivity through industrial automation", says Cagnin. In addition, it should be noted that automation also reduces the use of electricity.
Product quality and standardization
Here we have a problem that is solved with industrial automation. Automated work tends to have a standard, since properly calibrated and adjusted machines can repeat processes without loss of quality. Therefore,
there is a direct gain in product standardization.
The replacement of the man by the machine no longer exposes the employee to situations that can cause health problems. That is, dangerous environments, extreme temperatures, contact with chemicals or
explosives, among others, are situations in which industrial automation systems can take over.
Since automated systems are programmed, if successful, the chances of accidents are quite low. Therefore, in places where there is a risk to health or physical integrity, the equipment is indicated, as they can completely eliminate the need for exposure and human presence.
Monitoring and control
Remote operation and control systems work in conjunction with industrial automation systems. With sensors and other warnings, for example, industrial automation minimizes the risk of accidents and production failures. In addition, they are capable of generating data that can be useful for management.
The investment for the implementation of automation in the industry is variable. There are low level and, therefore, relatively inexpensive automations. But the high-end ones, which involve ERP software and other features, require a higher investment value. However, what can be guaranteed is that, when well planned, the investment is safe. According to Senai São Paulo expert, "What was deployed after a period is recovered".
It’s important to emphasize that this investment can be quite high, since the implementation process is not trivial. In this context, it’s also necessary to analyze the dynamism of the market, the pace of production, among other factors to know how long it will take to return the funds from the automation, which is correct, but it’s necessary to evaluate the market, because It will come in accordance with existing economic conditions. So, in some cases, a little patience is required.