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This paper provides an introduction to automation. Automation is the use of control systems and information technologies reducing the need for human intervention. In the scope of industrialization, automation is a step beyond mechanization. Then it provides the applications of automation in industries such as manufacturing, agricultural, health care, distribution and logistics, cold storage, retail, field service, government. Automation (including roboticization, industrial automation and computer numerical control), is the use of control systems such as computers to control industrial machinery and processes, replacing human operators. In the scope of industrialization, it is a step beyond mechanization. Whereas mechanization provided human operators with machinery to assist them with the physical requirements of work, automation greatly reduces the need for human sensory and mental requirements as well. At first glance, automation might appear to devalue labor through its replacement with less-expensive machines; however, the overall effect of this on the workforce as a whole remains unclear. Today automation of the workforce is quite advanced, and continues to advance increasingly more rapidly throughout the world and is encroaching on ever more skilled jobs, yet during the same period the general well-being and quality of life of most people in the world (where political factors have not muddied the picture) have improved dramatically. What role automation has played in these changes has not been well studied.
INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMATION
Automation is the use of control systems and information technologies reducing the need for human intervention. In the scope of industrialization, automation is a step beyond mechanization. Whereas mechanization provided human operators with machinery to assist them with the muscular requirements of work, automation greatly reduces the need for human sensory and mental requirements as well. Automation plays an increasingly important role in the world economy and in daily experience.Automation has had a notable impact in a wide range of highly visible industries beyond manufacturing. Once-ubiquitous telephone operators have been replaced largely by automated telephone switchboards and answering machines. Medical processes such as primary screening in electrocardiography or radiography and laboratory analysis of human genes, sera, cells, and tissues are carried out at much greater speed and accuracy by automated systems. Automated teller machines have reduced the need for bank visits to obtain cash and carry out transactions. In general, automation has been responsible for the shift in the world economy from agrarian to industrial in the 19th century and from industrial to services in the 20th century.
ADVANCED AUTOMATION IN INDUSTRIES:
MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES : Combine wireless local area network (WLAN) enabled handheld computers, bar code and thermal printing technologies with applications from market-leading Advanced Automation to streamline your manufacturing processes. By creating a more seamless flow of continuous, accurate documentation on materials, parts or machine conditions, you’ll experience fewer errors and improve production. Advanced Automation can help you error-proof your operations to deliver better products faster, reduce waste, control costs and improve customer service.
A FEW COMMON MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS:WORK IN PROCESS TRACKING
Tracking materials from receipt through production or assembly processes, and ultimately to finished goods, requires a tremendous amount of labor and paperwork. Yet, knowing where in-process materials and orders are is critical to plant efficiency. Using mobile computers or advanced data collection devices, manufacturers can more accurately track the flow of materials through the plant in real-time. Materials and orders are more easily located and your workers can focus on their assigned tasks rather than on searching for missing or misplaced orders.
Without a practical way to track labor hours per task, many manufacturers rely on standard cost estimates or manual tracking processes that can mask true profitability or even have a negative impact on labor productivity. A mobile labor management system allows you to capture and track “true” labor costs at the point of activity, enabling more accurate and competitive pricing as well as a better labor utilization.
Utilize mobile technology and data collection systems to validate that all operations and paperwork have been completed to specification. Operators scan pre- and post-operation or process. Any overlooked process, assembly or procedural step can be easily identified and corrected before impacting productivity or requiring costly re-work.
MATERIAL TRACKING SOLUTIONS-
Keep inventory data accurate and up-to-date from the moment your warehouse receives product to the moment it leaves the shipping dock. Track materials as they move through assembly or processing to the finished goods warehouse to fulfill customer orders. With advanced data capture technology such as bar code scanning, RFID and Direct Part Marking you can enable complete product traceability.
Working outdoors throughout the growing season is hard work. Whether it’s monitoring conditions and data logging to checking inventories of fertilizer to tracking assets, farming requires a computing solution that stands up to the toughest outdoor environments. Advanced Automation’s mobile computer solutions offer a variety of outdoor devices designed with GPS capabilities, sunlight – readable displays and integrated wireless communications to keep your farming operations running smoothly.
Thermal printers : designed to print on demand bar coded plant/product labels or tags are another part of a successful solution to streamline your processes.The Horticultural and Agricultural markets are quickly changing, moving toward more automation and faster referencing techniques.
Bar code labeling : is an excellent way to implement these changes. Bar code labeling can be used for product identification for sales or tracking purposes. Descriptive labels can be used to save staff time, thus increasing efficiency and effectiveness that ultimately effect the bottom line.Bar code labels can be used to identify plants being grown or sold. Various types of bar code labels are available, including graphics, for all your labeling and tagging needs. Labels can be used for hang tags, strip or loop tags, plant tags, pot labels and sticks, or barcode patches for pricing or labeling. Labels can include price,
size of plants, PLU, SKU, UPC bar codes, color pictures, and/or your company logo. Labels can also include growing requirements, pricing, and plant maturation information for use in greenhouse, garden center, nursery, or retail environments.
When it comes to making your days and processes more efficient and productive, Advanced Automation can get you where you need to go! Bar code labels can be used to identify plants being grown or sold. Various types of bar code labels are available, including graphics, for all your labeling and tagging needs. Labels can be used for hang tags, strip or loop tags, plant tags, pot labels and sticks, or barcode patches for pricing or labeling. Labels can include price
Automation from Hospital Ward to Clinic Door
Healthcare providers are squeezed by Medicare and insurance companies to hold down costs, while consumers and doctors want more services and flexibility. Considering the liabilities that healthcare providers have to guard against, the necessity for extreme accuracy and efficiency is clear. Advanced Automation’s complete line of automated identification products are designed to help healthcare professionals collect and track patient information, reduce medical errors, improve staff productivity and reduce costs. The equipment available through Advanced Automation is used to manage data exchanges and ensure data integrity and security throughout the healthcare industry. Protect patient safety while increasing productivity, reducing errors and costs. Accurately and efficiently track patients, medications, specimens, staff, assets and more with the help of thermal print solutions. Including the incorporation of text, graphics, bar codes and/or radio frequency identification (RFID) to produce the on-demand labels, tags, ID badges and wristbands that are at the heart of today’s patient safety and hospital productivity initiatives.
COLD STORAGE: The Cold Storage & Distribution industry is a truly demanding environment. Work flow must be kept up at all times and all while operating in environments from 40 degrees to sub-zero temperatures. Moving in and out of the cold all day also creates condensation that fogs up screens, keys seize up and internal parts corrode. It is crucial to have wireless hardware that you can truly trust and depend on to overcome all of these cold environment challenges. Advanced Automation is fully aware of the demands that need to be met in the Cold Storage industry so you can trust us to help you get where you need to be to have confidence in your day to day operations. Additionally, we work with the top manufacturers who specialize in developing equipment that will outperform in cold environments. Features such as heated screens, specialized batteries, coated internal components & thermostat controlled internal heaters are a few examples that will give you the edge to operate in such conditions. Sales Force Automation Advanced Automation’s customers know that delivering products or service to their customers is easy with wireless credit card transactions, Windows applications, and signature capture and mega-pixel photos all in the same device, all seamlessly connected to the back office. Accounts receivable cycles are accelerated with on-site collection and on-the-spot receipt printing.
DISTRIBUTION & LOGISTICS: In the retail environment, efficiently managing merchandise in the distribution center is critical to a store’s success. Advanced Automation can help determine the right mobile data terminal so each piece of merchandise can be tracked in real-time, from arrival to when it’s picked, put on a pallet, and moved onto trucks for delivery .At any given moment, warehouse managers (and the stores that they support), via their wireless computers, can have total visibility into warehouse inventory. Visibility equals better decisions, faster – which keeps stores stocked and improves customer satisfaction and store profitability.Advanced Automation’s mobile technology combined with our partner or custom writtenapplications gives drivers the ability to scan packages to dynamically record their deliveries, electronically capture signatures, and take photos for proof of delivery. Additionally, speed delivery times, ensure proof of delivery and provide easy access to manifest details.Dispatch also can easily notify drivers about a new delivery destination, change in route, or emergency
FIELD SERVICE: Advanced Automation can help bridge the gap between your office and your field workers through the implementation of wireless mobile computing and printing. Mobile computing, mobile printing, and GPS can bring together a perfect combination to empower your business to become far more efficient, organized and professional. A few of the more commonly sought after benefits are…Inventory Management.Optimizing parts or product availability while balancing location and stocking levels is a daunting task. You can have immediate visibility to inventory – in the warehouse, in transit, at the customer site or in the technician’s or sales rep’s hands. Access to accurate product/parts inventory allows companies to improve forecasting, balance stocking levels, and respond quickly to immediate demands.Work Order/Sales Order ManagementToday’s equipment is wireless-ready to keep field personnel connected to the enterprise and accelerate the flow of business critical information across the entire sales or service chain. Advanced Automation’s products deliver the accurate, timely information that today’s dynamic companies need to make informed decisions and respond faster to customers. Our mobile and wireless computing solutions provide easy-to-use, reliable work or sales order management for any workforce
LEAVE CUSTOMERS SATISFIED & CONFIDENT. Field technicians equipped with mobility tools can respond to customers more quickly and effectively than before. Instead of being in the office filing reports or ordering parts, service reps can spend their time with customers, fixing problems and reducing the number of repeat calls. And with real-time access to a wealth of resources, field technicians can be more responsive to customer queries and complaints.
RETAIL: The pressures of today’s market conditions are resulting in much more selective consumer spending. As a result of this and the competitive environment, retailers will need to operate with tighter inventories and achieve cost-saving efficiencies in their operations. New technologies hold promise for improving in-store and warehouse operations, making it easier to match the flow of inventory with changing consumer demands. Advanced Automation delivers the performance and capabilities needed to improve operations and customer service. For in-store and warehouse, our comprehensive family of rugged, versatile mobile computers, printers and RFID systems enable new levels of demand/supply chain efficiency to help retailers improve inventory visibility and lower operating costs. Store Operations »Mobile computing systems help companies improve the shopping experience for customers and provide differentiated services that will secure loyal customers and drive more frequent visits and a larger basket size. Warehouse Operations »Rugged data collection solutions help optimize the order picking and staging process to ensure the right goods are loaded onto the right truck, in the correct sequence, for delivery to the designated store.
GOVERNMENT: Advanced Automation offers a variety of solutions almost as diverse as the government sector itself. From Department of Defense mandates to education to law enforcement, our products will help streamline operations and increase efficiency within any organization .The world is fast paced and unpredictable. You need critical information at your fingertips to safeguard public safety, protect property, maintain critical infrastructure and deliver top-notch service to your customers and constituents. The same challenges arise whether you’re a government official, administrator, IT staff, purchasing agent, warehouse supervisor or support personnel. You have limited and shrinking budgets. You need tools that provide faster access to information so that you can improve response times, increase efficiency and deliver accountability. You need to do more while keeping things running smoothly. Rely on Advanced Automation’s technology to take the sting out of the public service worker’s life. Because if he’s happier, he’s more productive. This means you get increased productivity, improved decision-making and accelerated responsiveness. All benefit the public with improved service delivery. Advanced Automation is committed to providing high quality, low cost solutions to government and education. We are helping DoD suppliers to comply with the new RFID mandate. Our wide selection mobile computers are helping police officers to be more efficient with their powerful wireless connectivity and features such as built-in cameras, integrated fingerprint readers and mobile phone capabilities.
Replacing human operators in tasks that involve hard physical or monotonous work. Replacing humans in tasks that should be done in dangerous environments (i.e. fire, space, volcanoes, nuclear facilities, underwater, etc)Making tasks that are beyond the human capabilities such as handling too heavy loads, too large objects, too hot or too cold substances or the requirement to make things too fast or too slow. Economy improvement. Sometimes and some kinds of automation implies improves in economy of enterprises, society or most of humankind. For example, when an enterprise that has invested in automation technology recovers its investment; when a state or country increases its income due to automation like Germany or Japan in the 20th Century or when the humankind can use the internet which in turn use satellites and other automated engines.
APPLICATIONS OF AUTOMATION
Automated Video surveillance
Automated Highway Systems
No matter what industry, from the warehouse to the field worker, Advanced Automation is ready to meet the challenges of automating business processes and providing workers with wireless connectivity to your enterprise systems. Whether we are tracking assets, jobs, or employees…. or needing to automate our warehouse, route sales, or field service fleet, Advanced Automation has solutions to give us the edge !Advanced Automation Associates specializes in the development of real-time performance management systems for the process manufacturing industry.