Automation – changing the world of work

Automation (or automatic control) is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers, and heat treating ovens, as well as switching on telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships and aircraft, and other applications with minimal or reduced human intervention. Some processes have been completely automated, changing the world of work forever.

Automation has been achieved by various means including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic devices, and computers, usually in combination. Complicated systems, such as modern factories, airplanes, and ships typically use all these combined techniques.

The biggest benefit of automation? It saves labour and reduces dependency on the human element. It is also used to save energy and materials, and to improve quality, accuracy, and precision.

Assessed your automated processes lately? To ensure optimal efficiency, all automated processes should be assessed on a regular basis to avoid wear and tear, inefficiency, and unnecessary downtime.