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Automation devices

Automation devices are a very important part of the manufacturing process. Without these items, automation would not be easily done and possibly not be done at all. There are many different automation devices that are used, different companies producing different products will all use different devices, but here we will cover just a few of the most common machines used. Depending on what the company specializes in will determine what type of machinery they use to produce their products.

First we will look at the Parts Feeding Systems. Under this heading, there are three subheadings, these are; Vibratory Feeding Systems, Vibratory Feeders and Vibratory Feeder Bowls. Automation devices offer turnkey vibratory equipment. The standard parts are made mostly in-house and kept as inventory and only then will they be modified to their individual needs. Being able to rely on the inventory allows quicker turnaround times compared to other methods and tends to produce tremendous reliable quality in all products.

The turnkey parts feeding system is normally made up of all the equipment used to familiarize, feed and deliver certain products; this includes a hopper, sensors, vibratory feeder, parts nest, escapement and a feeder stand. With the vibratory feeders, all it consists of is a bowl, drive unit, inline feeder, track and controller. Then with the vibratory bowls as part of the automation devices, is a bowl that is used to feed the certain components when it is used in conjunction with a drive unit.

When one talks about a base unit as one of the automation devices, they will be referring to a unit that offers the much needed vibration that is used to ensure the appropriate function of a vibratory feeder bowl. A base unit usually operates with many different sizes of bowls which are referenced with the specifications of the product. Used to control the vibration of the unit is the vibratory controller. The three base units that are used most frequently are the Standard Base Units, Fast Angle Base Units and the Low Profile Base Units.

Centrifugal feeders are also an important part of the automation devices. These are machines that are used in feeding operations that forbid any vibration. There is a cone shaped disc which rotates inside the bowl. Components that are put inside this device move in a circular motion and the centrifugal force then shifts the component to the perimeter of the disc inside the centrifugal feeder.

January 18, 2008 Posted by | Automation, Blogroll | Leave a comment

Broadcast automation

When it comes to broadcast engineering, the term broadcast automation refers to the technology that is used when certain operations need to be broadcast. It is used either at a network or station to manage a facility and replaces a human operator. If there are on air workers in the studio at the time of the broadcasting, they can also use what is called a “live assist”.

In the beginning, most of the radio authorities needed a specially licensed operator to run the stations all the time. This means that every disc jockey had to write and pass an exam if they wanted to get their FCC license which would legally allow them to be on-air. Not only for this reason, but also if the DJ’s job description required them to operate the transmitter they had to pass the exam that was presented to them. Over time the dependability and quality of some electronic equipment improved and soon rules and regulations regarding broadcast automation were relaxed, leading to the point that the operator did not have to be at the studio while it was operating. After some time, this led to a steady demonstration that went in the direction of automation, which was done to assist in supplementing the talent of the on-air disc jockeys.

Early automation systems at the time were computerized only for the use of being able to maintain a schedule. Broadcast automation in the past was non-existent – then, music was stored on audio tapes that worked reel to reel and subaudible tones that were on the tapes were marked at the end of every song on the reel. The computer rotated in the middle of the reel to reel players up until the internal clock of the computer matched a scheduled event that was marked. When it came across a scheduled event, the computers would finsh playing the song and then carry out the scheduled event. The scheduled events were normally marked as adverts but they could also have included the station’s news or top of the hour legal ID. When the events had finished, the rotation of the music will resume playing from where it stopped before the events were played.

However, the system did need attention from personnel when the reels needed to be changed. If they were not changed, nothing would play so the DJ would have to make sure they knew when it would end and they would have to be there to insert a new one that featured new contents.

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Pharmacy automation

Going to the pharmacy is generally a quick in and out trip. More and more pharmacies have become automated so you can now call in and refill all of your prescriptions without ever talking to the pharmacy. You can even call and see if your prescription is ready for pick up. The automated phone part of a pharmacy helps to free up the staff to take care of the prescriptions as they do not have to help every caller that calls in. Many questions can be answered with the help of an automated system.

Another level of the automated pharmacy is dispensing the medications. These types of systems run by a barcode procedure which eliminates error and makes it safer for the patient as well as the pharmacy. You simply put the information into the computer and the system does the rest. It will print the labels complete with the barcodes and dispense the meds at the correct amount and dosage.

Many more patients are finding that this is a more efficient way of getting their meds dispensed and they feel safer as there is little room for human error. Their medications are double checked and it also cross references their allergies to ensure that they do not get a medication that they are allergic to or that will interfere with the current medications that they are taking.

Working in a pharmacy that is automated limits one from taking medications illegally. Often pharmacies are subject to people stealing pills so with an automated system this will not allow a person to take out the medication without the proper documentation and credentials. These systems will keep count of what was dispensed, who it was prescribed for and what is in stock making it hard for anyone to fool the system.

The automation of pharmacies is growing more and more popular as it is a fool proof safe method for taking care of many different types of drugs. No one wants the liability of dispensing the wrong medication or giving something to someone who is deadly allergic to the medication. The automated systems eliminate this possibility as the system double and triple checks everything before it dispenses the medication.

For information on what types of automated services are available for pharmacies you can check on the internet. You can see what your pharmacy has to offer you regarding your medications and their automated services.

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Automation management

Automation management needs to be reliable and of a high quality. It is in fact, a specialized field. The management skills would entail a high degree of theoretical knowledge as well as technical skill. However, the same as any other type of management, it exists to maintain an efficient service. Very often, the management of automation would entail the following areas:

* Commissioning of systems and drives
* Control panel fabrication
* System integration
* Automation
* Controls

Appropriate automation management must provide solutions to the rapid changes taking place within the fields of technology. Users want know they are making use of a system that is available for their benefit. This is why the best automation management will strive to be aware of the new processes. Management takes care of the organization and collection of analysis data. All of this is put into practice by a system that is user friendly and efficient.

Every business wants to have the advantage over their competitors. The only way to achieve this is to keep consumers happy. The level of competition for consumers in this day and age is extremely high. The world is ever changing and the successful business is the one that keeps abreast with all these changes. Businesses that excel try to be one step ahead. In order to maintain such a high standard, it is necessary for them to have the very best automation management.

Automation management should be as unobtrusive as possible. Users do not want to be aware of the fact that what they are using is being managed. The less conspicuous the management of automation, the more in control the user believes he or she is. In the case of internet users, it is essential that they have optimum control. The automation management services that provide a 24-hour support system will undoubtedly be used a great deal. This is a service that is highly valued by consumers.

Users enjoy the fact that they are able to access the 24-hour support system. This is one of the benefits of highly successful online businesses. This kind of service does require an exceptional level of automation management due to the high numbers of traffic. This category of business does suffer a certain amount of wear and tear. The protection of data and flow must be constantly maintained. The requests of customers have to be dealt with efficiently, and as soon as possible.

January 18, 2008 Posted by | Automation, Blogroll | Leave a comment

Energy automation systems

Have you heard the projections about the higher energy rate and consumption resulting in financial turmoil? Think also, about what you’ve been hearing about the impact on the earth’s natural resources. It’s a lot to take in, but there is something anyone can do about it. Not all people will be able to donate cash, time, or other personal resources to a cause; there are infinite options and approaches available to decrease individual landfill use, and resource consumption. Each choice would put into practice and Energy Automation System. What is an Energy Automation System? It is anything that can become a part of daily life; either through routine, or structural adjustment that will maximize energy use while minimizes energy output needed.

Mirrors are a vital and strategic ally for an energy aware household. With some planning, and forethought a mirror can be positioned in a way that will maximize the natural light available to a given room. By utilizing the advantage given by a mirror the efficient use of lighting will minimize an energy bill and create an energy automation system that is convenient and simple to develop. A valuable tip to consider while designing a room with plants is that if the plant is placed near a mirror, it will behave as well as if it were at a window. This will give an effective illusion of greater space, greenery and comfort, which will add to the room’s ambiance.

Another simple energy automation system that can be put into daily practice applies to the laundry. When the laundry is moved directly from a washer to a dryer, often people will use the highest setting and let the dryer work overtime to dry the clothing. A better option to this would be to separate each article of clothing as the transfer is made, thus giving the dryer more surface space to work with, and less work to do. By doing this, a lower dryer setting would be appropriate and effective. An added bonus to this is that by using the lower dryer settings the clothing will not shrink noticeably, or quickly in any one load.

The clothes dryer can become advantageous in another way. Dryer vent converters are available in most hardware stores. What is a dryer vent converter? It converts the air being pumped out by your dryer into your home. This divergence from the normal push the heated air outside will make better dollars and sense during the cold winter months. When considering the use of a converter keep one important factor in mind, should you live in a home that sees mold, mildew, sweating windows, or frosting windows often then you are likely not in the most ideal environment for a dryer converter. Pumping the moist hot air from the dryer into such a home would facilitate further problems, and increase overall costs in the end.

January 18, 2008 Posted by | Automation, Blogroll | Leave a comment

Medical device automation

Automatic construction is not just for your car anymore. With significant debate through out the years, Medical Device Automation has been taking a greater hold in the manufacturing industry. With the precision and accuracy that has become known in so many other industries, machines are being designed to put the medical devices, which are so desperately needed by many, together. This course of action has had an impact on the industry as a whole, however the medical device automation has taken its time getting a complete foothold in the industry, particularly with the medical device companies who provide the highest quality products.

You may wonder why it took so long for the medical device industry to seek complete automation, and automation improvements. The concerns in the manufacturing side have been for patients who received the devices. Many of those who put together the products often do so with great care and quality assurance expectations. There has often been great debate about the ability of the mechanical employee to assure as beneficial quality as the human employee. Machines have been a significant aid in the industry for many years, just recently however have they been converted into the primary tool for putting the devices together.

One benefit being seen quickly with the medical device automation is the quantity of the production has risen significantly. The quality is still anticipated to be the highest in any industry, primarily do to application. Even with tough quality assurance needs already in place, the machines are doing their job well, which will, in the end, help many more thousands of people world wide, in a much shorter amount of time. The human employees are reviewing the work constantly to assure the production line is one that does not falter to minimize the patient needs by compromising the product in any way.

As the medical device automation movement takes over the industry, many of the companies are seeking the most efficient manner to maintain quality. The employees review individual pieces, the machinery and every intricate aspect of the medical devices as they are being built. This coupled with the accuracy of the machines involved in the medical device automation process assure the patient will receive a life sustaining, or enhancing piece of equipment that will function effectively for however long it is needed, which should provide any person relying on such equipment with a peace of mind and comfort to know this industry has heart.

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