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Industrial Process Automation

industrial process automation

Industrial Process Automation is about streamlining the manufacturing processes where the use of automated machines, control systems and Information technology optimize productivity. It is often thought of as means of eliminating or replacing human labour. 

However it true purpose is to increase productivity, and quality beyond that possible with current human labour levels. It removes the possibility of error and risk of injury which eats into production time thus enabling employees to focus their time more effectively.

Recent advances in technology used within industrial process automation have aided a number of leading aerospace technology companies to step up their competitive edge by improving their production processes.

For those that are looking to modernize their plants and significantly improve the processes of their production, increasing productivity and overall profit is the way forward. By implementing the use of specialty equipment, testing, and verification, a complicated job that requires a great deal of manual labour can be turned into an easier task that can increase productivity by thirty to fifty percent.

In regard to automating process that the Aerospace industry partially faces today the
Aerospace Automation Consortium, an independent group of aircraft manufacturers and production equipment suppliers, issued a white paper were Automation and Process Technology where outlined as key challenges.

Using Industrial Process Automation to improve Assembly Processes

Fastener Treatment and Kitting

The current assembly processes utilizes numerous mechanical fasteners in order to join the airplane structure together. Prior to installation there is a cleaning treatment and possible fuel tank sealant applied to the fasteners. The sorting and kitting of the fasteners requires knowledge of the engineering designs, along with any changes during assembly, such as grip length or diameter.

The solution to this problem is to develop digital methods of collecting the grip length and hole diameter information. This would allow an automated process for any change board activities and to schedule kits. Systems could then use the kits to perform any preparation-treatment activity.

New Mechanical Fastening Systems

In recent years the need to increase economy of aircraft has lead to a drive to decrease weight in all aircraft assemblies. As part of this weight reduction two-sided permanent mechanical fasteners are used even in confined spaces. This is allowable due to the variety of special tools and the dexterity of humans. The use of one-sided fasteners with the same comparable strength and weight of two-sided fasteners could further expand automation processes to areas that are labour intensive.

In order to achieve this a better way to associate fasteners with particular hole diameters is needed. One that would automatically prepare or sort fasteners for application in the most appropriately-sized hole for installation would be a great time saving application.

In solving these challenges, airspace manufactures will be able to decrease production times and allow the line workers to focus their time on other areas.

In conclusion, the industrial process automation could help boost productivity, cut back on employee injury, and as a result boost profit and morale respectively. Upgrading to an automated system could be the solution for your company.

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