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Just starting in automation? Here’s four steps forward

Understanding the fundamentals of getting started in automation will make the process smooth.

Bob Vavra
12/29/2017

Advances in wireless control and mobility allow human-machine interface (HMI) systems allow devices to load and display relevant data that is based on a user’s location and proximity to networked equipment through multiple interfaces and screens. Courtesy: IconicsWhile there also are a few manufacturers who still haven’t made automation an integral part of their plant operations, there also are a lot of new businesses sprouting up that are beginning their manufacturing process from the ground up.

Chris Marinucci of CSIA Certified Integrator O’Brien & Gere noted in an article in the Global System Integrator Report that there are many start-ups who get ready to start, only to be stopped when their manufacturing process isn’t as robust as it could be.

“A recent call from a regional craft brewer reminded me there are always new businesses getting started with automation,” Marinucci wrote. “In some cases, these businesses have taken the plunge only to find there is a problem they never could have imagined six months down the road. Understanding the fundamentals of getting started in automation will make the process smooth.”

Marinucci noted there are four keys to getting a fledgling automation system up and functioning correctly—and reaping the benefits of those functions. One of the most important harkens back to President Reagan’s view of world politics: Trust, but verify.

Bob Vavra is content manager for Plant Engineering.

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