The future of the industrial mode of production has gained more and more space in the global scenario. Discussions are formed on the most varied topics: appropriate technology tools for each type of operation, the new role of workers in this new scenario, the productivity potential to be achieved worldwide so that companies can remain competitive, among others.
In this tangle of subjects, industrial automation is always present, albeit implicitly in these discussions. Today, delivering better quality products and increasing productivity – especially in the manufacturing industry, for example – depends on a number of components, which can range from simple applications to complex robots.
This is a trajectory beginning at a time well before the industry 4.0. In Brazil, Mitsubishi Electric’s equipment has been around since the 1960s, helping to boost the domestic industry through tools dedicated to improving productivity within the steel mills that were beginning to be inaugurated within the country.
If before the effort was dedicated to subsidizing the start of production, today industrial automation solutions are dedicated to improving competitiveness by using technology for purposes ranging from facilitating the work of operators and making it safer even artificial intelligence tools capable of assisting in the monitoring of machines.
Today, deploying automation initiatives depends on careful mapping. It is necessary to map critical data to the daily operation and how it is distributed in the plant to define what equipment is necessary to guarantee data integrity and achieve results in an efficient way, avoiding fraud. The deployment must be done step by step, in a modular and scalable way, offering attractive return on investment, thus serving as an incentive for future installations.
The reality of the industrial base in Brazil shows that there is a long way to go before reaching an expressive level of maturity. Today, companies from different sectors and sizes are challenged by the slow recovery macroeconomic scenario, with a slight acceleration in consumption and high levels of unemployment, directly impacting consumption. It is necessary for leaders to be more and more aware of the opportunities to be harnessed and what are the main practices to be adopted in order to ensure their survival over time.
To adopt them and ensure effective results, industry leaders need to be able to visualize the importance of this type of investment, measuring tangible short-term financial returns to prepare effectively. With this type of strategy, it is possible to overcome and accelerate the development of this channel in the country, expanding the performance of companies and ensuring even more competitive opportunities, making more and more companies pioneer and effective in an accelerated consumption future.
* Mitsubishi Electric Marketing Manager*