How Automation Can Help Production Challenges | Types of Automation

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Automation solutions can help solve production challenges that manufacturers and producers currently face today and will continue to challenge their methods of scaling in 2020 and beyond. The future includes navigating problems such as rising costs and shrinking domestic labor pools. The latest article from Greenhouse Canada explains the challenges of the sector for production.

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According to Industrial Automation Online “Ultimately the manufacturer who is willing to invest in technology during the downturn will stand in greater stead, rebounding even stronger when the economy recovers.

Automation can be classified into various types. Let’s explore the various options and what they mean.

Fixed Automation

Fixed Automation is also known to be called hard automation where the set of production sequences is fixed by the equipment figuration. This is typically in the forms of gears or wiring. You will see fixed automation processes on automatic vehicle assembly lines, machining transfer lines, or certain chemical producing processes and assembly lines. Production is done with mass quantity and produced quickly however it is fixed so that product changes cannot be accommodated. The initial investment for fixed automation can be high but mass production and output of the product are then allowed. It is also still a lower investment than flexible automation that you will read about in this article as well.

Programmable Automation

This type of automation helps to adjust the sequence of operations in order to fit that specific need or production configuration required. Products are made in batches and reprogrammed for every new batch of production. Programmable production requires more time than fixed automation for production because of the time to changeover between products and programming the computer, however, it allows for more flexibility in what you can produce.

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Flexible Automation

flexible Automation is programmable automation without the need to change programming. It allows for the production of multiple combinations and schedules of products so that new or separate batches are not required. This type of automation requires a higher investment as a custom engineering system must be designed. The result provides a system that can produce flexible design variations without any loss in production time.

At BP Automation, an Automation and engineering company in Edmonton, AB has solutions to increase production automation. BP Automation has a strong track record in helping customers find unique approaches to enhancing production output, automating plants, streamlining manufacturing processes, and building a more profitable business. Contact us today to learn more

Vertical Farming Systems Technology

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Vertical Farming Systems

Vertical farming technology increases the production of crops and reduces yields. Crops are produced in vertically stacked layers of plant beds. It mostly relies on hydroponics or aeroponics and the lighting mainly relies on LED lighting in replacement of sunlight to grow plants. Standard growing tables are not efficient when it comes to growing plants and heating an indoor space for growing. Especially when paying to heat or cool air above tables that could have a fully prospering crop. BP Automation in Edmonton, AB can engineer quality growing systems for your indoor farming needs.

Vertical Grow Racks

Increase your profits and your yield with a vertical growing system. vertical grow garden rack systems reconfigure typically made from high-quality powder-coated steel for a long-lasting product. You can design a garden rack system that is two or three-level, as well as if you want the tray and light supports and growing trays. Vertical systems provide create a fully scalable and expandable system, and allow for multiple tiers of plants to be cultivated on the same system and in any space. They also give the benefit of proper ventilation, and an LED grow light system.

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Mobile Rack Systems

When it comes to vertical farming Mobile Racks systems allow you to move entire rows of racking beside one another utilizing the maximum amount of space. Growers can almost double canopy space for potential crops, especially if you are using a stacked system. You also have access to each side of the racks for ease of watering and harvesting crops. At BP Automation we can create a rack systems that is seismically engineered to protect crops protected and stable should any natural disaster strike.

Low Rise Grow Trays

Low rise grow trays or rolling bench systems can be used in indoor farming. They are built to increase airflow beneath the benches makes it easier for your climate control system to reduce humidity and reach growth goals while using less energy. This type of system also allows workers to work comfortably from a seated or standing position as they can move the benches of crop along for maintenance and water. Along with being a practical product for largescale grows, this type of design allows proper airflow for the optimal growth of crops.

Vertical farming technology can be custom engineered to fit your specific growing system. Our systems can integrate with your facility and equipment or design and install our systems in your new construction. We can custom design and engineer your vertical farming system. Contact us today to learn more.

Food Automation Technology

Food Automation technology and systems are the new norm and continue to grow into 2020. When it comes to food production and manufacturing, automation is an excellent way to increase production and save on labor costs for years to come. There are many options when it comes to food automation for long term industry success. From the production of the item to serving customers with a finished product.

Types of Food and Beverage Service Automation include production automation, material handling, packaging, and delivery automation.

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Here are a few restaurants using Food and Beverage Automation:

Creator

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This hamburger shop located in San Francisco has a robotic machine that handles the entire making of your burger. Starting with the grinding of the beef, to the frying patties, toasting buns, dispensing condiments, and assembling the burger. At Creator your order is still taken from personnel and they will hand you your mouth-watering burger.

Chowbotics

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Chowbotics keeps fresh ingredients in a refrigerator and prepares meals such as salads, grain bowls, snacks, and other bowl-styled meals on-demand. This vending machine robot called “Sally” turns a profit after only 9 bowls. It has canisters that are filled with each ingredient and the computer system allows owners of the bot to check the freshness and stock of each product. This is a popular option for health care facilities and hospitals allowing fresh meals that can be served 24/7.

Kiwibot

Not only can we use robots for food production and handling, but companies such as KiwibotKiwibot also use robotics for delivering food. Three types of robots are used; one to take orders, a semi-autonomous tricycle in which orders are sorted one Kiwibot to deliver the orders. It can carry around four to five orders at once and the company claims an average delivery time of 27 minutes. Kiwibot mainly services University Campuses such as Berkely and UCLA. According to Mckinsey Mckinsey 80% of parcels will be delivered by autonomous vehicles in the next decade.

For further information about food automation and production automation technology in Edmonton, AB contact BP Automation.contact BP Automation. We design, build and manufacture automation solutions for clients across North America.

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Production Automation

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Industrial automation

Production Automation is the process of automating processes within an operational setting. Its main goal is to improve the efficiency of labor and the quality of finished products to create conditions for the optimum utilization of all production resources.

Production Automation and Plant automation continue to move on an upward trend going into the new decade. The prediction for the global industrial automation market is an increase from US$157 billion in 2018 to about US$297 billion by 2026, growing in excess of 8% annually.

Production Machines can help you to achieve efficient workflow, labor use, and allocation of resources. Custom machines that are built to fit a company’s operational needs can improve production for either a specific department or their entire plant. Here are just some of the machines that are included in the automation process.

Cutting Machines

Automated Cutting Machines allows producers to increase their output of material while ensuring that the material is to the precise measurements and quality for each project. For example, a Flying Cuttoff Machine eliminates any stop in the production process, allowing the material to be continuously and accurately cut without any errors. Cutt offs cut material or completed shapes into a predetermined length without creating any stop in motion on the shop floor.

BP Automation was able to save one company thousands in costs with this Corian Cutting System which made manual cutting history by eliminating the need for set-up, cutting, and gluing and clamping. It took cutting time from 210 minutes to 1.5 minutes.

Food Processing Machines

The use of production automation in the food and beverage industry helps to produce quality products for increased demands. According to a survey from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, 94% of food packaging operations are using robotics already. As for food processing, approximately a third of companies are using robotics.

A food processing mixer which helps to assist in keeping food mixtures in a homogenous state while filling jars. BP Automation designed and fabricated a mixer that would continuously lift, mix, stir and compact the food in a uniform manner created consistency and reduced labor.

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Material Handling Machines

Material Handling allows you to have better control over every factor. By doing so, you can minimize error rate and labor costs while enhancing capabilities to handle the workload. For example, custom conveyor systems, extraction systems, and storage systems for material are all types of automated material handling systems.

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If you are looking for Production Automation Edmonton, AB BP Automation has worked with many industries to improve their automation and production processes across all areas of their business.

How Robotics and Automation Improves Food and Beverage Packaging

Robotics in the food and beverage industry

Over the years like many industries the food and beverage industry has seen tremendous growth in Automation. Not only does it improve the safety, cleanliness, and production of the facility, but it is also much more cost-effective to continuously produce a product for orders.

Quality Control

The food and beverage industry is known for some of the most severe regulations when it comes to quality control of product and manufacturing. Automation in this industry helps to increase quality control and reduce the risk of rejected products. Robotics can also provide the ability to monitor and track each step of the food packaging process. The chances of contamination, especially from human contact is decreased when robotics are adopted into the manufacturing process and will help the manufacturer detect the root of contamination, should it occur.

Fullfillment

Automation takes food processing fulfillment to the next level when it comes to fulfilling orders. As orders changes to demands and product lines require flexible automation can fulfill the fast-paced needs of consumable goods.

Inline Dough Weight System

The dough weight system below designed by BP Automation was created to automatically weigh dough for full control, uniform portion weights, and reduced giveaway. An optional reject system automatically rejects off-weights catching the dough before it is moved to the next step in the cooking process.

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Food Process Filling

Ensure accurate and consistent fulfillment seamlessly create orders continuously. It also reduces the amount of time to rework orders

Whether you are considering one step in your food processing plant or multiple prepping and cooking stages BP Automation can help you plan, design, engineer and manufacture your product in house. Contact us for more information today.

Machine Hazard Assessment

Machine Hazard Assessment or Machine Risk Assessment is a component of a safe workplace. Not only should the design and the function of the machine be known, but the risks also need to be identified. Hazard around machines could include moving parts, radiation, electricity, noise, gas or liquid pressure.

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1) Identify Hazards – What type of hazards could occur, especially when it comes to the limitations of the machine.

2) Identify who will be hurt and how. Will this affect the operator or those around the machine as well and how could it possibly hurt those individuals. Examples include physical contact of the machine, chemical hazards, etc.

3) Identify risks and precautions. Employers do have a legal duty to records risks and hazard levels of machinery and record them via writing, training, etc.

4) Record all information and start implementation plan of all controls.

5) Review and check for necessary updates. Reassess accordingly to implementation plan.

For more information on Machine Hazard Assessment contact us at BP Automation in Edmonton, AB. We specialize in safeguarding and other risk assessments for machinery and entire workplace standards.

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BP Automation Will Attend the WMTS Show

BP Automation will be attending the WMTS – Western Manufacturing Technology Show. WMTS is Western Canada’s Meeting Place for Manufacturing Technologies, Trends & Industry Connections. This show has taken place over 30 years where manufacturers all over Western Canada attend to display the latest products and solutions and to network.

Key features of the Event Include

Manufacturing Technology Exhibits

Keynotes and Special Presentations

SME Zone

Job Shop Appreciation Reception

Knowledge Bars

Opening Night Reception

Get tickets to the event here

Visit us at Booth 303 from June 4-6th, 2019 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. BP Automation is a leader in automated engineering solutions. We are a one-stop-shop for customers seeking solutions to manufacturing problems, labour requirements, production capacity and quality control. We offer diverse skills and services from prototype development to automated machine fabrication and control. We look forward to meeting everyone at the show and bringing together great manufacturing and technology solutions. For more information about the show please feel free to contact us.

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Plant Automation Services – BP Automation Edmonton, AB

Successful and smooth industrial operations depend on intelligent engineering, effective plant design, and efficient workflow processes. In order for daily plant operations to function smoothly, maintenance solutions that streamline processes and workflows must be in place. Many businesses need automation to grow and scale but need help when it comes to the process. In these cases, BP Automation helps to define the details and where charges are necessary. Automation may also require design changes to the product to accommodate a more efficient process.

Not every application is the same when it comes to the approach of automation and how to create simultaneous processes. There are specific safety requirements and training for every process. We create the highest efficiencies possible, while ensuring that safety is the first priority. Plant Automation creates a higher standard of safety as well reducing the amount of “hands on” work required and labor intensive activities.

There are many approaches to plant automation, tor example, one of the executions of our success here at BP Automation when it comes to plant automation is that when you are working with a piece of material or an item is to perform every task that you can with the material while you have it in your possession. By cutting and measuring at different stations you end up losing useful minutes between handling the item. This is just one example of how material handling can be automatized to move a plant much quicker and leaner.

A team of engineers not only can reduce costs by detecting inefficiencies in your plant, they can streamline and help create simultaneous processing.

Plant Automation Services Include:

Upgrade Strategies – Learn what systems should be upgraded.

Safety – Ensuring your safety standards are up to date.

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Design – product design changes for increased efficiency.

Case Study – Hard Surface Machine, reduced time 8 hours to 3.5 hours. For more information or to get a plant automation quote in Alberta please contact us today.

For more information on plant automation services or risk assessment please contact BP Automation for a consultation or any questions we are here to help you move one step ahead.

Internal Pipe Cladding Fully Automated Corrosion Solutions

BP Automation has been building custom automated machines since 1997, including over 200 different applications and 50 different Welding Systems.

External Pipe Cladding

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Our process reduces welding time from 5 weeks to 5 days.

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Robotics and Automation Trends For 2019

What does the world of robotics have in store for 2019? Here are some of the top driving forces when it comes to robotics in 2019

Language Processing

With the Amazon Echo and Google Home taking over voice recognition for you home in 2017 and 2018 this trend will continue into 2019. Not only language recognition tools in many of the applications we use.

Augmented Reality

Companies such as UPS and Walmart have virtual reality training initiatives rolled out to train future employees. This will continue into 2019 as more companies move away from traditional training. In some high risk situations such as military, surgery, and other medical response a real time error can be costly in field training, therefore simulation decreases risk of a costly mistake. According to Nguyen, the top three enterprise AR use cases right now include task itemization ( A tool that gives you a list of what to do on the warehouse floor), design and collaboration (interior design mainly), and video guidance (such as talking to someone and outlining what to do on your screen to finish a job or learn a skill).

Self Driving Cars

With the development of self driving cars, the industry is being completely transformed. In addition to self driving cars the business of self driving services will set new standards for 2019. Google subsidiary Waymo is the first firm to offer a self-driving taxi service. The self driving car service is set to grow into a $285 billion annual market by 2030 General Motors is already stepping up its game when it comes to self driving cars. They have a fleet of self-driving vehicles that it’s been testing through its Cruise Automation subsidiary, and the automaker has plans to begin mass producing fully autonomous cars, without steering wheels or pedals, starting in 2019.

Mobile and Cashless Payment Systems

We see more and more systems in place to take your money without the traditional cash system. Although many people are already using their mobile phones to take cash such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, there is still going to be much more growth for these types of systems in 2019. Not only will we see more mobile payment systems but the increase in crypto currencies for payment. Merchants will and should embrace these new systems. Can we say goodbye cash and checks?

Robotics in Construction

From product planning, to actual construction and inspection the rise of automation and robotics in construction will continue to increase safety and quality in construction.

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Jobs in 2019

Robotics does not always mean lost jobs. The increase in automation in many industries creates different tasks for workers rather than a complete job loss in the sector. When it comes to the career force in 2019, there will be an increased for many jobs that related to robotics, AI and automation. Data scientists will be needed to handle large sets of data for AI implementation and cyber security. Financial planners and managers will still be in high demand especially with new payment systems.

The world of possibilities for robotics in 2019 will be at all all time high and here at BP Automation in Edmonton, AB we are excited to have a front seat to this fascinating industry.