What Comprises The Different Types of Automation Devices

By Steven Harrisson, December 29, 2015

Since today we live in a technology-driven world, it is no surprise that the advancements in many technological spheres have significantly simplified the manufacturing process. Therefore, there are machines that are capable of performing complicated tasks very quickly and precisely. Today, multitude complex industrial applications are performed without using man power but automation instead.

Different types of automation devices are frequently used in different industries. In industrial settings, various types of automation devices offer many benefits to companies including decreased part-cycle times, products with higher quality as well as increased worker safety.


Although complete automation of the manufacturing process can be a very costly investment, it turns out to be a good investment in the long run. Using computerized robotic machines to perform repetitive and complicated and tasks significantly increases productivity, flexibility, the quality of the manufacturing process and at the same time reduces the costs for employee payment.

Numerically Controlled Machines

These machines use the help of computers to store, calculate and execute operations which are usually performed by hand. A good example of a numerically controlled (NC) machine is the computerized numerical controlled (CNC) mill. So, instead of positioning each cut by hand and moving the crank to cut each part, CNC mills use computers to analyse, mill and cut each piece precisely. Numerically controlled machines and CNC mills produce parts with higher accuracy and fewer errors.

Flexible Manufacturing Systems

These systems combine industrial robots, NC machines as well as other types of industrial automation devices into a single automation system. Flexible manufacturing systems produce similar products and parts but they still have the flexibility to change parts or processes.

Industrial Robots

Reduced cycle time, higher-quality parts as well as increased savings are just some of the benefits that automated robotic systems provide. What is so great about these automation devices is that they can work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep up with the industry demands. Moreover, environments that are proven to be dangerous for human workers to work in, are suitable for industrial robots. These automation devices can perform many industrial robotic applications such as material handling, welding, palletizing, assembly and painting.

Computer-aided Manufacturing

Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) generalizes industrial automation a step further. It involves computers in the production, planning and the entire manufacturing process. A very well-known example of computer-aided manufacturing is computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) or computer aided design (CAD). With the help of computer programs, CAD and CADD can digitally plan parts, products, industrial robots, layouts and other aspects of industrial settings.