With today’s industrial automation technologies, it is difficult, if not impossible, for high-mix, low-volume manufacturers to automate profitably. These manufacturers can’t afford the technologies conceived for those with higher throughput as there is simply not enough volume to pay back the required investment. Moreover, these technologies require heavy involvement of system integrators, further driving costs beyond the reach of high-mix manufacturers. Consequently, 80% of the manufacturers in North America have little to no automation on their factory floor, leaving them exposed to labor shortages and salary inflation.
Advancements in cloud CAD and cloud robotics have opened the door to complete democratization of the automation industry. These technologies provide a digitally integrated and easy-to-use environment where users can design, automate, order, and deploy automated equipment and robot cells directly from their browser. By combining, LEGO-like modular automation hardware, zero-learning 3D CAD software, and IKEA-style supply chain into a single platform, end-users can now quickly and easily learn to create and commission automation technologies on their factory floor with economics compatible with the reality of high-mix manufacturers.
– Trends shaping the industrial automation industries
– Recent technologies making Manufacturing Automation Platform possible
– Benefits and limitations of Manufacturing Automation Platform