Three Types of Automation

You may have spent a good deal of time deciding whether or not automation was right for your operation or not. If you decide to add automated assembly machines to your business, you now must take the next step and determine which of the three types of automation would be best for your company and its wallet. Before making any final choices, you should give our talented team a call. You can reach out to us with only a product design, and we can build custom automated and robotic systems for your exact needs.

Automated Assembly Machines

What are the three types of automation?

Hard automation (fixed automation): this type of automation is referring to the use of specialized equipment used to automate fixed sequences of assembly and processing operations. The operations within the sequence, for hard automation, are typically simple, meaning they involve plain linear motion and rotational motion. In special cases, the two methods of motion can be combined. It is hard to accommodate changes in product design with hard automation

Programmable automation (flexible automation): this type of automation is designed with the ability to change operation sequences that allows for the accommodation of varied product configurations. Operation sequences get controlled by a program that is based strictly off instructions coded into the system. New programs can be continually entered into equipment for the sake of producing new products.

Soft automation (flexible automation): this type of automation is considered an extension of programmable automation. Flexible automation systems are capable of creating a wide variety of parts with only limited amounts of time loss during changeovers. The same can be said for production time when users are reprogramming systems and also altering their physical set up.


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