Automation Systems Development Strategy

Developing a custom automation system requires a diverse set of skills spanning automation process design, engineering design, and small-volume automation system production.

Industry best practices for automation system development are centered on a phased model as shown below. The initial engineering phases are focused on formulating the best possible automation solution, defining the requirements for the system, and creating its design. The middle production phases are focused on procuring the parts and materials, fabricating and assembling the system, and then integrating and testing the system. The end deployment, usage and maintenance phases include shipping and installing the system, onsite acceptance testing, and maintenance and support throughout its operating life.

Automation Systems Development Strategy

To minimize development costs and schedule, typically the system is designed as a combination of off-the-shelf components and subsystems that are integrated using custom engineered parts and assemblies. The control software – typically executing on Programmable Logic Controllers or PC’s – is the glue that coordinates the operations of the system.

Automation Systems – The Key to Success

Automation systems range from small self-contained table-top units operating in an R&D lab to multiple interconnected large-scale work cells spread across the factory floor. Each automation system is designed to solve an important problem. They can reduce costs, improve quality and yields, improve operator safety, and increase production levels.

The key to success is to understand what needs to be automated and how is automation best achieved within your business constraints for budget and schedule.

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