What is an Automation System?
- An automation system is an integration of sensors, controls, and actuators designed to perform a function with minimal or no human intervention.
- Adapting an automation system will produce substantial benefits on profit, production rate, safety, and quality. The higher initial cost of adapting automation systems is usually offset by these benefits.
- An automation system consists of a device capable of receiving input (sensor, human-machine interface, etc.), a computing system (processor), and the manipulators that perform the actual work (actuator).
- An arm is an assembly of links and joints that have a fixed range of motion. They can be Cartesian, polar, cylindrical, SCARA, and articulated.
- End-of-arm-tools (EOATs), also known as end effectors, is the tool or operator designed to interact with the product or process.
- Actuators are the components that provide force or torque to create movement. They are classified as electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic.