Process optimization in industrial automation: four advantages

Standardization and automation are the ideal ways for process optimization in industrial automation. Yet many companies are still hesitant to optimize processes: why change something that works well? In this blog you will receive four practical tips to optimize processes without requiring a lot of time and investment.

Change sometimes feels like saying goodbye. That is why (too) many industrial companies remain stuck in their outdated working methods – for example, they continue to work with Excel and PDF files that often have to be retyped by hand at a later stage. This also applies to other processes, from electrotechnical, pneumatic and hydraulic engineering to the production of the control panels and cabinets. The result is error-proneness and wasted time, while many benefits can be achieved with industrial automation.

Process optimization is for the long term

Is your organization involved in machine or panel construction? There is a good chance that some employees, such as panel builders, machine builders or system integrators, will dig their heels in when discussing process optimization. This often means that work processes change. And this change is quickly associated with high investments in new equipment and external consultants. That is not entirely justified, because too much is focused on the short term. While process optimization brings significant benefits in the long term. Below are the four reasons to optimize processes.

Four benefits of process optimization for industrial automation companies

1. Solution for the staff shortage
There is a dire shortage of technical personnel. This certainly also applies to panel and machine construction, where the demand for machines is increasing rather than declining. This scarcity is expected to last for some time. Enough reason to start working more efficiently through process optimization. Because that makes your organization more efficient, so that you can perform more work with less technical manpower.

2. More room to meet delivery agreements
Partly due to the shortage of personnel and the increasing demand from the market, more and more manufacturing companies are finding it difficult to meet the short delivery times. Sometimes, due to a lack of resources, it is practically impossible to meet delivery agreements. This entails additional costs in the form of fines. With process optimization you take work off the hands of technical staff, making delivery times easier to meet.

3. More options for customization
Customers increasingly want to determine in detail what an end product will look like. Simply because the possibilities for this are increasing and competitors are increasingly offering this. As a result, machine builders can no longer get away with a few standard variants. Customization is not always welcomed internally, because it provides machine builders with extra work. Process optimization makes this customization easier. Because you take changes into account in advance, manufacturing processes and other activities in the chain become more flexible. As a result, you can deliver customization faster, cheaper and with fewer working hours, even within a series production flow.

4. You can compete on price

Quality does not have to be expensive. Process optimization ensures that costs in the chain go down. In addition, process optimization provides insight into processes, so that you know where you can speed up, improve quality and reduce costs. In this way, process optimization results in lower product costs, so that you as a panel builder, machine builder or system integrator can now compete on price, without compromising on quality.

Do you want to get started with process optimization within your company? Then we recommend that you first draw up a clear digital company vision. From this vision you can determine where to invest and where priorities lie. This is often the fastest way to a standardized and (partly) automated engineering and production environment with fast, error-free and cost-effective processes.

Process optimization: where do you start?

Do you want to make your processes faster, cheaper and more flexible? In this white paper you will find useful tips for process optimization. Read where your company can best start with industrial automation.

This message was created in collaboration with EPLAN.

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