The term automation describes both the work process of automation as well as its outcome. Automated processes therefore largely take place without the direct intervention of people. These processes are controlled by computers, with people usually performing only monitoring activities.
Automation solutions are developed primarily to replace what were originally manual processes in which greater productivity can be achieved, the product quality increased, and people relieved as providers of labour.
Depending on the extent of the activities taken over by machines, higher or lower levels of automation are achieved; based on the degree of automation, this is referred to as either “full automation” or “partial automation”. Individual automated processes can be combined to create fully interlinked production and manufacturing lines.
Alongside specific production processes, activities such as the following can also be automated:
- Feeding (loading)
- Application of labels
- And many more.
In general, automation solutions are designed for higher quantities. Thanks to the use of particularly flexible systems such as robots, they can also be implemented for more moderate and even the smallest of batches. The limiting factor in this case is usually the investment costs.
The friction lining production machines of IAG are available with as many degrees of automation as desired, depending on the customer’s requirements. In addition, we are also able to offer a comprehensive range of automation solutions, regardless of whether an existing manual process is to be automated or an existing automation needs to be optimised.