Many common goals can be achieved through the automation of processes and systems – greater productivity, improved efficiency and reduced manufacturing costs in many industries.

Australia is internationally recognised for producing food and beverages with high levels of quality and safety. Key areas include meat, grains, dairy, horticulture, seafood, confectionery and beverages including alcohol. Australian manufacturers strive to increase flexibility, efficiency and reduce the total costs of operation while adhering to food and safety standards.

Packaging provides protection for a wide range of goods and comes in a variety of forms such as cardboard boxes and cartons, plastics, glass and cans. Automating packaging systems streamline and simplify the process, increasing productivity, profitability and safety levels. Reducing manufacturing costs and ensuring environmental sustainability is essential in all areas.

Steel is a fundamental material for modern industrial economies. From the basic processing of raw materials to intermediate and finished metal products, technology solutions must withstand extreme operating conditions with high reliability and safety. These conditions include cutting, engraving, sheet and plate metal work, metal rolling, metal punching and metal folding/bending.

Bulk material handling is common in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Bulk materials vary from liquids, slurries, to granular solids, such as powders, grains and sugar, and dry materials such as ores, coal, wood chips, sand and gravel. Bulk material handling systems typically involve large machinery such elevator buckets to forged conveyor chains. Level, temperature and hazard monitoring are essential, as well as storage and inventory control.

Various raw materials are manufactured into intermediate materials for use in the building and construction industry. As manufacturing transforms into a high-tech workplace, dimensional measurement and surface inspection systems are greatly improving output quality and reducing manufacturing costs.

With an extensive range of technologies developed specifically for mining and mineral processing, mining automation systems can substantially improve operational efficiency. Long term cost reduction and increased levels of productivity will be key to compete globally. Mine sites that have implemented automation have already noticed significant gains in productivity, greater precision, safety and reductions in operational costs.

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