Automation & Control Engineering Technologies for Cost-Effective Manufacturing

By Steven Harrisson, December 22, 2015

Although automation and control control engineering system could be regarded as an expensive hardware (due to expensive components such as: sensors and controller), it is a cost-effective solution in terms of maintenance, production and operation. It is designed to optimize the layout of production systems, features smart devices and has information processing integrated in sensors that support manufacturing.

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Automation and control engineering system serves as a cost effective production approach that unifies industrial solutions and human skill for a more productive operation. It offers manufacturers an innovative and intelligent performance control solution for preventing uncertainties, all at affordable cost. Simply put, the elegant design of automation and control engineering systems acknowledge the real world industry and manufacturing problems. For example, the increasing complexity of manufacturing mixed parts in batch processing, demands for intelligent collaboration of automation and human skills (knowledge and experience).

With increased demand and higher competition on the market, to stay in the business, you need to shorten product manufacturing process, speed up the assembly, cut down set-up and reduce time needed for maintenance.

“In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.”, Seth Godin

In order to survive in a busy marketplace, it is essential you have the means to distribute affordable products with minimum downtime. You need to cut costs and increase production. An automation and control engineering system offers you exactly that – the capability to easily adjust to dynamic and changing manufacturing environment (depending on the grade of automation that is).

The reliability of automation and control engineering system is a must, but this feature has absolutely no relation to cost. The cost depends on grade and application. For example, centralized control can turn out to be very costly. The system is connected directly to the machines meaning higher production rate, however, this layout is not designed to fight against unexpected emergencies.

A more affordable option would be a decentralized layout. This means you can choose a lower-grade automation system and rely more on the experience and capabilities of your employees to ensure smooth operation. Less sophisticated hardware (and software for that matter), but added value to your production. For small and medium sized businesses, this is the ideal way to implement automation and control engineering systems with respect to saving costs and increasing production and cost-effective maintenance. Maintenance is crucial for any grade automation system. If done properly, it can reduce cost and ensure usability of the system and proper distribution in applications. It is one of the key cost factors when it comes to the selection of automation and control engineering system.

The increased use of automation technologies in manufacturing enables product quality, faster production, no downtime and better management and process planing. To survive, you need to be exceptional, and exceptional means productive.