Industrial automation: advantages and challenges

In industrial automation, a distinction is made between completely autonomous production processes, processes in which only individual procedures are automated and automation in which procedures are automated. Combining the industrial automation of components with digitalisation results in a number of advantages.

The advantages of industrial automation

  1. Increased efficiency through automated processes:
    Production processes can be rationalised and accelerated through the use of automated systems. Machines work around the clock, which shortens overall production time and optimises throughput time. Productivity increases and costs are reduced at the same time.
  2. Precision and consistency in production:
    Machines can perform tasks with a level of accuracy that is often unattainable for human labour. This leads to consistently high product quality and significantly reduces error rates. Customers can therefore rely on consistent and reliable products. This creates trust.
  3. Safety and working conditions:
    The automation of dangerous or monotonous tasks also helps to improve occupational safety. By using robots and automated systems, potentially dangerous working environments can be avoided. The risk of accidents at work is reduced and the health of employees is protected. In addition, human workers can be retrained for demanding and creative tasks, which in turn increases job satisfaction and motivation.
  4. More flexibility in production:
    Processes can be reorganised much more flexibly and quickly. In addition, the automation of individual components means that the entire process does not have to be adapted. Ultimately, this is about greater customer satisfaction through efficient and precise realisation of customer requirements.


In addition to many advantages, industrial automation, like so many things, also has disadvantages, for example for SMEs.

  1. Initial costs and investments:
    The initial costs for the introduction of automated systems can be high. The purchase of machines, robots and the implementation of automated processes require investment for the future. For smaller companies, this can be a financial hurdle and requires careful planning and budgeting.
  2. Loss of flexibility in the production process:
    Industrial automation is based on high production numbers in order to maximise efficiency. Flexibility can suffer if automation is not well thought out. More and more customers are demanding customised products. This means that appropriate solutions must be found to fulfil specific customer requirements and remain competitive at the same time.
  3. Dependence on technology and maintenance:
    Dependence on automated systems also brings with it the risk of technical failures and maintenance requirements. When machines require maintenance, this can lead to production interruptions and affect efficiency.

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