Automation solutions are cropping up in practically every industry. Manufacturers use technology to automate tasks and processes that include assembly, packaging, material handling, machining, robotic welding, advanced inspections, and shipping. Initially designed to increase productivity by taking on repetitive tasks that humans once performed, automation has now shifted the nature of manufacturing work by increasing productivity and the skill levels needed to maintain that productivity.
The range of products made with industrial automation solutions is vast, and new products are continually being developed. Here, we will look at some of the most common products that are manufactured using automated systems in five of the largest industries.
Aerospace and Defense
Airframe manufacturers use automated solutions for each section of the plane: body, wings, and tail. Airplane and turbine engine manufacturers have turned to automation for material handling, fastening, sealing, welding, inspection, and testing. The defense industry depends on robotics and vision in military aircraft, weaponry, and ammunition.
Aerospace and Defense Products
Here is a sampling of the products that aerospace and defense manufacturers are creating with various automation solutions:
- Fuel injectors
- Fuel systems
- Weapons systems
- Wheels and brakes
- Exhaust systems
- Engine components
- Sealant dispensing systems
- Aerostructures such as fuselage and wing sub-assemblies
- Airframe and structural sub-component fastening and assembly
Automation integrators design and install robots and other equipment to help auto manufacturers in high-output areas to expedite welding, material handling, inspection, and assembly of numerous parts under the hood and in the cabin. Robots are an essential part of producing engines, fuel systems, electronics, lights, mirrors, and auto body components. Automation is evident in automotive assembly lines for riveting, fastening, or snapping parts together.
Here are a few of the automotive products that lend themselves to automation:
- Fuel systems
- Floor pan assemblies
- Rear-end panels
- Front struts
- Seatback assemblies
Automation can incorporate robotics, guided vehicles, vision, software, and other technology to manufacture consumer products. As mentioned earlier, automation is the perfect fit for repetitive tasks, such as moving parts from station to station, applying coatings and sealants and joining materials. Modern automation solutions populate most assembly lines in 2021.
Examples of Consumer Products
Here are just a few of the consumer products that come off these assembly lines:
- Mobile devices
- Sporting goods
- Windows and doors
- Gaming controllers
- Plumbing fittings
- Inkjet cartridges
- Leaf blowers
- Ovens and ranges
Food and Beverage
The food and beverage industries employ industrial automation solutions in an assortment of processes. These companies optimize their procedures with various robots, including vision-guided robotic arms, delta robots, and advanced inspection systems, ensuring food safety and quality while reducing labor costs and meeting an ever-increasing demand.
Food and Beverage Products
The following handful of products are available and reasonably priced thanks to automation solutions:
- Prepared foods
- Dairy packaging
- Snack foods
- Poultry, beef, pork, seafood
- Bottled products
- Confectionary products
- Condiment packaging
- Baked goods packaging
- Soup cans
Manufacturing and material-handling processes in the medical industry must meet demanding standards for safety and verification. Methods and data collection must also be fast, well-organized, traceable, flexible, and accurate. Automation streamlines those processes and improves performance in numerous products.
- Personal protection equipment
- Surgical instruments and tools
- Infusion sets
- Emergency care products
- Diagnostic products
- Dental, hospital and physician devices
- Solid and liquid oral medications
- Drug testing
- Blood glucose monitoring
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