Cost-cut­ting drives au­to­ma­tion in­dus­try

East African Business Week - - FEATURE -

Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments such as ma­chine to ma­chine com­mu­ni­ca­tion en­able smart fac­to­ries to elim­i­nate wastage of time caused due to the de­lay in the process change.

One of the ma­jor fac­tors driv­ing the growth of smart fac­tory mar­ket is the in­creas­ing need for im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency and en­ergy sav­ing in the man­u­fac­tur­ing process. Au­to­ma­tion has en­abled man­u­fac­tur­ing units to uti­lize ev­ery sec­ond of pro­duc­tion time through ef­fi­cient stream­lin­ing of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Smart fac­to­ries are af­ford­able and of­fer fully in­te­grated au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tions for man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties to stream­line the flow of ma­te­ri­als dur­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Smart fac­to­ries are char­ac­ter­ized by in­creas­ing the use of tech­nol­ogy and field de­vices to of­fer com­plete au­to­ma­tion in man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

By in­cor­po­rat­ing cy­ber phys­i­cal sys­tem into the fore­front of man­u­fac­tur­ing flow, smart fac­to­ries are able to con­nect ev­ery process and com­po­nent across the value chain.

This in­ter­con­nec­tion of in­for­ma­tion and pro­duc­tion has rev­o­lu­tion­ized the au­to­ma­tion in­dus­try and thereby, fa­cil­i­tated man­u­fac­tur­ing units to per­form at an op­ti­mum level. More­over, man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies are able to achieve short­est time to mar­ket and zero waste pro­duc­tion through smart fac­to­ries.

With its im­mense ap­pli­ca­tions in in­dus­tries such as au­to­mo­tive and trans­porta­tion, pack­ag­ing, min­ing of min­er­als and met­als, chem­i­cals, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and process in­dus­tries such as oil and gas, the smart fac­tory mar­ket is ex­pected to ex­pe­ri­ence im­mense growth in com­ing years

Au­to­ma­tion in smart fac­to­ries makes the use of var­i­ous con­trol de­vices such as sen­sors, mo­tors, drives, switches and re­lays and net­works tech­nolo­gies such as wired, wire­less and ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RFID). In­te­grated sys­tems such as Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ex­e­cu­tion Sys­tem (MES), In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT) sys­tem, Pro­grammable Logic Con­trol (PLC), En­ter­prise Re­source Plan­ning (ERP) and Su­per­vi­sory Con­trol and Data Ac­qui­si­tion (SCADA) are de­signed to meet the spe­cific re­quire­ments of a man­u­fac­tur­ing unit.

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