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feature | automation strategies
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Broad
Plan to
AS WE ENTER an era of highly adaptive
environments, HMLV (high product mix
with lower volumes) industries struggle
with effi ciency, fl exibility, and control in
production settings that are intrinsically
complicated, messy, and substandard.
Product manufacturers in these environments
contend with increasing customization,
growing lead-time pressures, constant
change in markets with demand volatility,
and shorter planning cycles.
At the same time, product runs always
need to increase quality and traceability
requirements, and there is never-ending
pressure to cut costs and create effi cient
use of capital. While manufacturers have
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deployed automation technologies and
robotics to ease these struggles, these
unique products and process complexity
requirements have made it more diffi cult
for manufacturing leaders to properly set
a strategy for their digital-transformation
journey.
A comprehensive case, coupled with a
broad strategic plan, is needed to anchor
digital transformation. Most implementations
are too narrow and leave automation
islands within a manufacturing environment
while never realizing the broader
productivity, utilization, and fl exibility
gains in a highly connected, automated
smart factory.
Implementing digital
Automate
HMLV Plants
transformation in a highproduct-mix-with-lowervolumes
environment
must involve all facets of
the system.
Aurelio Banda
Motion
Th e time to take swi┼┐t action with automation
is now, with potentially signifi cant
impact for manufacturers applying these
technologies. In these high-complexity,
low-volume manufacturing environments,
automation technologies such as robotics,
machine vision, intelligent pneumatics,
IIoT, artifi cial intelligence, machine learning,
fl exible conveyor systems, advanced
motion control, eff ective network architecture,
and modern HMI/SCADA systems
can improve annual output.
Additional attributes of a highly connected
environment are abundant new data
points that can be leveraged for productivity
improvements and enhancements.
MAY 2022
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