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Innovative Thinking

Trends in Industrial Automation

The world we live in is ever-changing and fast-paced through the advancements of technology. With tremendous strides and continuous progress that occurs monthly, industrial automation puts technology to full use. Automation can entail many things, from a simple start-stop conveyor system to a full production line with safety systems, data collection, and more. Swift progress in automation and technology has led us to IoT 4.0, also known as the industrial internet of things 4.0.

Power Supplies within Industrial Machinery

Industrial machinery spread throughout a plant floor runs on a variety of power sources, involving a number of intermediary steps to ensure maximum up time is retained. There are several power supply configurations that have made their way into the plant floor as the applications gain more diversity, i.e. from motors to sensitive electronic equipment.

Automating High Mix Manufacturing Plants

The manufacturing process for a single product can be modified much easier in order to improve its efficiency and productivity, compared to a plant floor where several different products are being produced. Higher Return on Investment is the prime motivation for automation, and improving the parameter becomes more complex as the production capacity increases in difficulty.

Challenges of Implementing Robotic Process Automation

Robots aren’t plug & play devices, especially not in an industrial setting. They require considerable prep-work, ranging from the initial design stage, to implementation, to regressive testing & troubleshooting. Things can get even more complicated when you are trying to achieve a great degree of automation through robots that work in conjunction, not just from the technical point of view, but from the financial side as well.

Automation and Environment

 It can be stated without a doubt that economic efficiency serves as the prime motivator for adopting automation technologies. Directly, or indirectly, operational efficiency also leads to a reduction in waste products and allows companies to minimize their energy needs. The US Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly recognized these benefits and encouraged shift-over to automated electronic reporting and advanced monitoring technologies.

Premier Automation CEO, Eli Evankovich, joins ARM Institute Board of Directors

March 28, 2019 – Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) announced that Eli  Evankovich, CEO of Premier Automation LLC,  has joined the non-profit organization’s board of directors. According the the ARM institute, Evankovich will work with other board members and ARM leadership to help  increase U.S. global competitiveness by accelerating innovative technologies that make robots more accessible to U.S. manufacturers. 

Premier Automation is Now a Lincoln Electric Authorized Robotic Integrator

Premier Automation has recently become a  Lincoln Electric Authorized Robotic Integrator. Lincoln Electric’s Authorized Robotic Integrator Program assists qualified integrators to better serve their customers, while having Lincoln Electric as a dedicated robotic welding partner. As a Lincoln Electric Robotic Integrator, Premier Automation can work with customers to deliver innovative, state-of-the-art welding solutions. Premier Automation engineers can offer expertise on all aspects of the equipment and processes to create success for our customers.

Why Inspection is Critical in Automation

The smartphone giant Samsung recently underwent a huge fiasco involving the batteries of its Note 7 mobile phone, primarily caused by lack of proper inspection apparatus within its plants. Incorrect assembly of a single battery component lead to multiple reports of fire and explosions by owners of the mobile phone, leading to a mass recall among with significant PR damage.

Premier Automation To Open Washington, PA Location

MONROEVILLE, PA —In the near future, Premier Automation will begin operations at a new location near Washington, PA. The new facility will allow Premier Automation to more conveniently serve customers with increased capacity. The expansion will be located in an existing 66,000 square foot facility and will offer full engineering and manufacturing services. The new manufacturing space will be used to build large and small electrical controls to support the growing manufacturing base in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Maximum Efficiency in Gear Motors for Automated Control Systems

In today’s world of industrial automation solutions, efficiency is one of the most heavily scrutinized aspects of automated control systems. Any part of an assembly line that is not operating at its maximum efficiency is going to end up costing more money in an energy analysis. In such an analysis, the energy usage of the components becomes the area with the most emphasis.