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If you’ve researched the possibility of deploying anautomation solution for your manufacturing facility, you mayhave encountered so many options that you aren’t sure whereor how to begin. That’s understandable as Industry 4.0 developments and the Internet of Things revolution havemade the possibilities of automation for manufacturingindustries virtually limitless. Instead of being overwhelmedby the possibilities, however, you just need to find an ideal automation partner to help you navigate the opportunities and leverage an ideal solution for your needs. As you begindeveloping an automation platform, here are three key factorsto consider if you want to ensure that your new solution alignswith your short and long-term goals.
Scope of Automation
Before deciding on an automation platform, you first need tooutline your overall organizational objectives. Whichprocesses are ripe for automation? Do you want an integratedindustrial solution that automates your entire facility, orwould you prefer to just automate a few repetitive tasks? Once you’ve nailed down your growth priorities, you can more easily assess whether an automation solution matchesyour needs.
If you’re looking to integrate existing equipment and systemsinto your automation platform, the possibility of compatibilityneeds to be clarified early on. By nailing down the answers tothese questions early on, you can reduce the risk ofroadblocks that lead to delayed timelines and even projectfailure.
One of the most common reasons businesses decide to deployan automation platform is as a catalyst for growth. If yourorganization is looking towards automation to propel growth, you need an automation platform that’s prepared to match your growth goals. Simply put, as your business grows, youneed an automation solution that’s prepared to grow with you. At the same time, you need a platform that’s within budgetwhile balancing cost with benefits.
Ease of Use
If your automation interfaces aren’t straightforward and intuitive, your team will never be able to maximize theirpotential. And if the platform isn’t easy to use, your teamwon’t even want to use it in the first place. On top of that, complicated software makes training new employees anunnecessary burden that slows your organization down. All ofthese potential issues can be addressed by ensuring that yourautomation solution is easy to use, so your team is excitedabout the digital transformation.
Support and Service
Even if the platform is easy to use, your team is inevitablygoing to have questions, and problems may arise. Make sureyour automation partner offers ongoing support and predictivemaintenance, so you’re never left scrambling to find answersto basic questions or issues. When you find the right partner, you always know exactly who to call for all of yourautomation needs, both today and tomorrow.
Chances are, your business requires more than an off-the–shelf automation solution. Automation systems are frequentlyspecific to individual facilities, and you need a platform thatsynchronized to your needs. If your team has to limitoperation to accommodate your automation platform, you’regoing to run into problems later on. Instead, finding an ideal solution requires customization features that are built aroundyour organization needs, instead of the other way around.
Your Automation Experts
Finding the ideal automation solution for your business startswith finding the right automation partner. At HEXA, we’vealready helped organizations of all sizes in just about everysector experience rapid growth by deploying the latestIndustry 4.0 technology. Read a case study on a manufacturing execution system we designed and implemented to gain a deeper understanding of how we can elevate your operations to new levels of productivity.