Automation

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Nov 5, 2013 (4 years and 8 days ago)

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Automation

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Automation
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When most or all of the
machines or processes run with little or
no human control. To perform work
without the aid of people.

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Almost everything we use today comes from an
automated system and increasingly those
systems are run by machines. We are
developing machines with Artificial Intelligence
that run themselves. They can make
adjustments to production as needed.

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Control systems are mainly computerized
systems that have a program that tells a
machine what to do, or not to do.


They are used in manufacturing to take
the work load off of humans or to
eliminate the human job altogether.


Sometimes it eliminates tasks that are
hard for people to do or could cause
physical problems.


It is a matter of making money.

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The first thing that needs to happen is to
determine what process is needed to make
a product and what is the best order to do
this in. In the picture below, would it be
best to put the wheels on or wait until after
you put the parts behind the wheel?

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Automated systems can cost a lot of
money and you must determine if they
will save you money.


Could humans produce something faster
and easier?


Are you going to produce enough of the
product to pay for the equipment?

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We must ask ourselves: Can we make this
product forever, or can we change the
product to make something else?


Can we use the control systems to program
in other procedures to make other products
around the work axes we have now?


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