As a newbie in the Industrial Automation & Controls Industry, I am still grappling at the nuances of this industry and while it will take me more than my engineering degree to completely understand this industry, I decided to learn using the only method conducive to a marketing person (i.e talking to the industry veterans). The area I was more interested in was the “issues facing the Industrial Automation Sector” because you see, understanding that holds the key to forming successful marketing strategies.
So after a very long and definitely intriguing session, we arrive at the following issues, which we feel form the core of the issues:
In a world where dependency on technology is unparalleled, engineering plays a prominent role in this evolving world of ideas. Today’s engineers have the skills necessary to innovate and improve systems and devices in a technologically focused sector.
The trend dominating in today’s world is that of Robots in the world of Industrial Automation. Robots have undoubtedly become the center stage in this world of technology. In fact, it’s safe to say that industrial automation has had greater reach with the division of robotics. Industrial automation was long introduced to address complex problems and in the process reduce human labor especially in areas where the work done is repetitive or to perform tasks which are causing bottlenecks in productivity. Robotics makes use of robots to carry out actions autonomously or semi-autonomously through their interactions with various sensors and actuators. The fact that they are reprogrammable, makes them more flexible than single function machines.
Because they can be programmed to perform dangerous, dirty and/or repetitive tasks with consistent precision and accuracy, industrial robots are increasingly used in a variety of industries and applications. They come in a wide range of models with the reach distance, payload capacity and the number of axes of travel (up to six) of their jointed arm being the most common distinguishing characteristics.
In both production and handling applications, a robot utilizes an end effector or end of arm tooling (EOAT) attachment to hold and manipulate either the tool performing the process, or the piece upon which a process is being performed.