Our fascination for automation goes back as early as AD 850 when the Banu Musa brothers of Persia wrote about automatic controls in their Book of Ingenious Devices. Since then, automation evolved over the centuries with the appearance of the mechanical clock around the 14th century and the first fully automated industrial process for spinning and flour mills during the 18th century. It wasn’t until the industrial revolution of the early 19th century that automation finally started making a significant impact on our lives.
The evolution of automation technology from simple conveyor belts to material handling systems supported by advances in technology including robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the internet of things have improved factory production. Industrial robots commonly called Cobots short for collaborative robots are working alongside humans to improve efficiency and reduce hazards.
The new age of automation is shaping our future, the evolution of automation with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly the future of the production and packaging industries. The emerging industrial Internet of Things (IoT) is taking automation to another level by taking data from connected devices and allowing manufacturers to gain insights in real-time.
Industrial automation has revolutionised manufacturers to thrive in an environment of continuous and unanticipated change and provide competitiveness in global markets. Manufacturers with shorter product cycles can track customer desires more closely and thus capture market share. Organisations that can change the volume of production rapidly can avoid sinking large amounts of capital in excess inventory, while still maximizing returns in periods of rapidly increased demand.