At first glance, the term “robotic process automation” may conjure up images of robots operating on a factory floor. In truth, the actual robots in the automated process are the software “bots” that instruct other applications. Robotic process automation, or simply RPA, is essentially the automation of business processes by one computer program over another. As a technology, RPA is a relatively new business tool that is remaking the way companies go about administering their business affairs. (more…)
At first glance, the differences between factory automation vs process automation may appear subtle. After all, they both are classified under the broader rubric of industrial automation, and each system leverages automation technologies and incorporates it into production processes. However, there are fundamental differences between the two. Where one system uses automation to operate machines that manufacture objects, the other system uses automation to control the processes that operate systems that manage tangible assets. Sound confusing? It’s really not. Here’s what differentiates the two: (more…)
Every manufacturer requires some sort of quality control to ensure its products leave the factory without defects. This is especially true for producers of smaller precision components. One key element in quality assurance (QA) today are automated visual inspection systems.
What Are Automated Visual Inspection Systems?
Essentially, these systems are the production line’s eyes, using cutting edge computer visual technology to watch for deformities, contamination and other abnormalities that can result in parts that don’t work, or which work less effectively. Automated visual inspection systems help improve efficiency in the manufacturing process, costing considerably less than manual methods. In fact, such technology generally pays for itself within two years.