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The importance of automation: optimize the production time

by Martina Fagnani November 25, 2016

Automation is a process that can be repeated, is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories that at a human level are difficult to do. With automation the company has a lot of benefits because, in this way, many processes are done by machines in a clearer way and with a better quality, saving time and money but always reaching the company’s goals.

The biggest benefit of automation is that it saves work, but it is also used to save energy and materials and to improve accuracy, precision, productivity, robustness, consistency of output, quality and to reduce direct human labor costs and expenses.

Automation has been achieved by different means including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic devices and computers, usually used together.

The importance of automation

THE IMPORTANCE OF AUTOMATION IN BRUSCHI

Automation in Bruschi

Bruschi is going through this innovation to optimize production time during the production process. Many operations that nowadays are done by workmen could be replaced by automation, with new tools it’s possible to be really innovative.

Since its establishment Bruschi had always been innovative in terms of automation but, in 2011, this concept had been widen with important investments.

In fact in 2011 automation was implemented with new robots ABB with IRC5 control, state of the art, were for the first time in the company network have been integrated controls that are the productive unit of governance of the robot. In this way is possible to use the remote assistance to have access to all the functions of the robot to control and maintenance it.

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Another important step in 2011 has been to implement automatic machines that used the same remote technology to solve problems or to guide operators to solve it.

In Bruschi before there was an outdated system but there was the need of more payload and different performances. So Bruschi decided to create a new installation: they bought a cooling tower, they create around it everything that was necessary: they did the project, they built pumps and water tanks, they created the electric line to make the cooling tower works and have a saving in terms of time and energy. Once the operator decides to create a program , he will need a PLC that is possible to set up with incomes and outcomes depending on your aims. This program has a lot of advantages but the most important is to email the responsible during breakdown. In this way the operator can solve the problem promptly.

Simulation in Bruschi is really important because with this tool you can examine before the risks and  simulate what the organization of the production will be.

This software is made by ABB company and with it it’s possible to do the pre-installation operations: try it in preview, decide if something has to be modified and reduce installation and set up time using offline technology, is possible to do it in the office instead of directly in the field.

Bruschi in 2016 has bought two new robots and pick a third one for 2017. The idea is to use a new control system with better performances than the one already used in Bruschi.

Everything is possible thanks to qualified people and a large amount of investment that Bruschi does in terms of automation and robotics.