We’re now well into the twenty-first century! Everything is moving at the speed of light, and if you fall behind, you risk being left behind permanently. Automation is an ever-expanding cloud of technological advancements, which helps keep everyone up to speed. Although automation may not be an appropriate fit for every company, here are some ways that automation can help you do your job better.
Automation for Buyers
While you might say that the primary role of a buyer is to buy things, some would argue that buyers are responsible for getting the most value out of every dollar spent. Traditionally, this has been achieved by using price negotiation tactics. Now, automation provides you with an alternative path, adding value to dollars spent, thus providing multiple options to buyers.
You might ask, “But automation is expensive, right?” Not in the long run. Purchasing the appropriate automated equipment for your plant will result in reductions for both labor and total cost of ownership. Predictive maintenance processes, made possible through the use of automation products, monitors “key performance indicators,” which allow you to periodically replace your components at your leisure, rather than deal with poorly-timed immediate needs.
Automation for Engineers
There really aren’t any aspects of an engineer’s job that can’t be improved by using more automation. Here are a few examples:
Every engineer is concerned with how to manage downtime during the equipment design and purchasing stage. Similar to how buyers avoid last-minute purchases, engineers typically use preventative measures to avoid unnecessary product replacement and maintenance calls. By monitoring machine health, you are able to implement certain equipment and take specific actions that will result in a more maintenance-friendly machine.
Functionality changes and ever-increasing requirements and challenges don’t have to be as time consuming or difficult to undertake as they may initially seem. For example, making changes to PLC logic could save hours of tedious rewiring.
Automation for Sales
The primary role of the sales team is to increase revenue. Depending on the products they are selling, representatives can leverage automation to their benefit by increasing the efficiency of a process to make more products available (at a potentially reduced cost).
By automating a system, your products will likely increase in price, resulting in more revenue generated per system sold. Appropriately conveying the advantages to a customer becomes critical in selling an automated system.
In conclusion, automation is an advancement tool for a variety of jobs within the fields of industrial technology and manufacturing. Automation can help.
For any questions regarding Automation, don’t hesitate to contact your local Kaman AC&E representative, or use the contact form on this page.
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