Automation is the application of technology to perform a process or procedure with minimal human assistance. The word was inspired by an earlier word, automatic, meaning a process working by itself, without conscious thought or attention.
Automation in manufacturing refers to the assistance of automation processes in tasks. At Tharsus, automation is used in many of our systems and processes, as well as incorporating automation technology into our customers Strategic Machine through out a range of industries investing in UK robotics and technology, helping to increase efficiency and ultimately reduce costs. There are three types of manufacturing automation:
- Fixed automation - single part, large volume production, with one set task
- Programmable automation - batch production, ability to produce varied parts
- Flexible automation - real time production, system controlled by programming