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3 steps to getting your plant connected

By Association for Advancing Automation blog

Jan 20, 2016

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Having machines connected around the world spewing information sounds sophisticated and futuristic. Connecting your automated assembly to the cloud and handling new streams of data may seem more like a logistical nightmare than a manufacturing solution. Follow these three steps to uncover the advantage of data, what to expect in a connected age, and how to use the information.

Lay Out a Plan. When you install robots or other forms of industrial automation, you need to have a plan for how you’ll use the equipment. You need to have a why for the investment and what you want it to achieve.

Lay Out Your Steps. Many companies are in transition between working with reliable equipment that was made for manual labor and newer equipment that operates on a digital platform. Legacy devices can hinder the communication needed to enjoy the benefits of being fully connected.

Lay Out the Benefits. Analyzing data can help a plant operate its automated assembly efficiently and stay in control of issues instead of having unexpected delays.

Read the full article on the A3 blog.