Technology and the automation of processes can increase productivity by reducing the time (labor) to perform repetitive tasks. This is indeed a compelling reason for automation of processes since increased productivity with less labor means increased profits.
Why Automation? Continued
- Automated processes will also reduce defects, which in turn saves money and enhances the production process.
- An automated process will also ensure that each process will run effortlessly and that it will run the same way every time it is run; there will be no room for human errors and as everyone knows, ‘To err is human’. So there will be fewer mistakes made and mistakes may not simply be defects but can be about making mistakes that can impact on the production process as a whole.
- Cost savings are also made by the reduction of training that staff will require. Historically it could have taken a long time to train staff to do even the most repetitive of tasks, especially if the task required a high degree of accuracy. However, if they are using an automated process, it takes far less training, so overheads are reduced significantly.
- Automated systems also make auditing an easier process in itself, so there is less time taken to analyze and audit processes and the production process as a whole.
- Automated systems do not get bored. Anyone who has to undertake a repetitive task over and over again will get bored. This will slow down their performance (and increase the risks of defects) however, an automated process will not become bored, no matter how often it is run, so performance is not slowed down; it is run at the same speed every time.
- The automation of processes also means that they will always ensure compliance with internal or external requirements, such as statutory requirements.
- Automated systems are also incredibly flexible, so it is easy to make changes, or at least far easier than it would be to change processes that involve only humans. This flexibility can be important if changes are required at short notice.
- The fact that defects are reduced means that customer satisfaction is increased, often quite significantly, so customers will be kept happy whilst profits are increased, which is good business sense and one of the most compelling arguments for automating any business process.
Main Menu Walk Through
Main Menu Walk Through
This screen is a typical main menu for our touchscreen PLC control panel. The main menu will allow its user to navigate and control any process connected to the control panel.
Example: If the user touched “TANK HEATING” the user will be taken to the screen pictured below.