How Automated Production Streamlines Workflows

Learn more about automation production and how it could help you to streamline your workflow.

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Automation is revolutionising the production process around the globe, and when you look at the benefits of introducing automation to these workflows, you can see why more companies are moving away from traditionally programmed robots and machinery.

Streamlining productions through bespoke manufacturing automation solutions, Cobots, and other technology is critical to get ahead in today’s competitive market. Below, we introduce the topic of automated production and its core benefits.

What is Automated Production?

Automated production is a process of manufacturing finished products, such as consumer goods, without any human intervention.

Production processes can either be fully automated, or with the use of cobot technology, parts of the production or manufacturing line can be replaced with automated robots.

This is particularly helpful when the product in question is being produced en-masse, as automation can take over repetitive, and often quite complex steps - from initial machining through to quality testing.

Components of automated production

Below are some of the components that can be incorporated into production lines to allow for automation.

  • Industrial robots and associated automation software
  • PLCs (programmable logic controllers)
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Machine-to-machine communication
  • SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems

Benefits of an automated production line

The benefits of an automated production line are numerous, but these are the top three to take into consideration when thinking about automation:

  • Finetune workflows - automation can be rolled out to replace or enhance specific parts of the production line, allowing you to finetune the most inefficient sections and allow your workforce to concentrate on more pressing tasks
  • Reduce costs - cost is reduced by removing the need for human labour from the most repetitive and time intensive areas of your process. Automation also allows factories and workspaces to continue production overnight, increasing output
  • Better safety - most automated systems come with in-built safety features, and are designed to operate in the same space as humans. This sets automated machinery apart from traditional industrial robots that need to be separated

As well as the above, automation allows you to guarantee better accuracy, and greatly improves lead times.

Streamlining production workflows with Astech

When it comes to making changes to your production line, you can’t afford for anything to go wrong. Astech have 25+ years’ experience of turnkey automation projects, and offer everything needed to get your concept off the ground through to completion - whether that requires adjusting off the shelf technology, or inventing new, novel solutions.

The adaptability of Astech’s engineering team means we can provide turkey fitouts, software, and REACTS support for any industry, allowing us to help you unlock higher throughput production, inspection, testing, and more within your environment.

Get in touch with the Astech team today.

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