The Steps to Automation and Integration

Written by Matt Batcha, Fenetech

Perform a performance baseline

The first step in creating an integrated facility is to perform a performance baseline to establish your reality.  As you do this, determine if your work cells are automated.  If yes, this is a great jumping off point. If not, can the work cells be automated?  Does your equipment have the capability to be automated?

After your baseline is completed and you have a clear view of your reality, it is time to look at the tools that will support complete integration—your software platform. Does your current software system and supplier support the concept of complete integration?

Next up:   Identify your needs.

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