To remain a competitive force in your marketplace, factory automation is becoming a necessary investment. Thankfully return on investment is predicted to be lucrative within a few short years making this upgrade very worthwhile.

The smart factory is labelled the factory of the future, but in truth these futuristic systems are largely available and being applied successfully now.

There are a few key factors that define smart factories, the most important of which is automation.
Supporting this automation is the industrial internet, basically software integration of various sensors
and other equipment communicating with a central operator to oversee the machines’ functioning, decision
making, and output. In other words, the automated machinery can supervise itself. The factory can keep
you updated in real time, no matter where in the world you are located, across all levels of the machinery,
raw material processing, product creation, warehousing, loading and transport through your smart phone
or computer. That is one smart factory!

Clearly the infrastructure required for a fully integrated smart factory is extensive and in the short term,
costly. You could choose to do everything at once or just work with the systems requiring attention sooner,
such as jobs with increased workplace health and safety risks to employees.

Freelance Robotics can provide a fully automated and integrated system. Off the shelf turnkey solutions
are even available for start to finish operations, simplifying the product manufacturing process. Examples include:

  • Forklifts and other automated guided vehicles (AGV)
  • Storage units
  • Raw material loading
  • Production line work
  • Packing systems
  • Palletising systems
  • Pallet wrapping systems

In a smart factory the machinery collaborates, or talks to one another. At the moment, use of swarm software technology orchestrates this so that the industrial Internet within a smart factory can supervise processes.
In a practical sense that means your factory can deal with its own bottlenecks, harvest production data,
check item quality, reject non-conforming products, recognise machine failures and send alerts (e.g. text
or email to key staff and/or maintenance providers) and also, where possible, work around machine failure.

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You can monitor various machines and their working states in real time. Online orders placed by customers can be tracked in real time up to the point of shipment from the factory.

Smart factory technology is already here, it works, and it will only become more common. At the current rate
of industrial change this working environment will inevitably become the industry standard.
Get ahead of the pack. Within five years you could be at the point of seeing return on your investment
while your competitors are still trying to figure out their start up budgets.

Learn more about how your business could work for you by becoming a smart factory. Freelance Robotics
staff are available for a free consultation to answer your questions and discuss real world solutions
to achieve the ultimate in factory automation.