Factory Automation
Batch Processing
Process Automation
Packaging Automation
On the Edge
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This one-of-a-kind Factory Automation Playbook is packed with best practices, practical tips and pitfalls to avoid on a wide range of topics, from defining project objectives to selecting components to implementing technologies that can make your automated systems smarter and more productive.


Fully automated factories approach reality

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The promise of remote-controlled automation is finally making headway in manufacturing.

The vision of fully automated factories has already existed for some time now. Customers order online, with electronic transactions that negotiate batch size (in some cases as low as one), price, size and color, and intelligent robots and sophisticated machines smoothly and rapidly fabricate a variety of customized products on demand. In an integrated global enterprise, automated factories are installed anywhere in the world, close to the consumer, providing prompt customer-delivery. Automated factories and processes are too expensive to be rebuilt for every modification and design change—so they have to be highly configurable and flexible. To successfully reconfigure an entire production line or process requires direct access to most of its control elements—switches, valves, motors and drives—down to a fine level of detail.