No matter the automation technologies being considered or applied, universal rules apply. Whether just starting or a seasoned expert, heed this advice when applying automation. Automation can do quite a bit, but do not over-reach automation’s capabilities. Automation cannot cure overly complex operations. Get the right design first, then apply the right automation. Real-world examples will help fill skills gaps with smart manufacturing.


Learning objectives

  • Assess the process or processes under consideration for automation.
  • Determine if a redesign is needed prior to automating.
  • Consider key ways automation can influence and enhance process design.
  • Identify steps for an automation implementation.
  • Examine lessons learned and best practices for effective automation applications.