Gone are the days when the pride of the owners of the plants was the number of people working for them. And if a decades ago a large number of workers meant large-scale production, nowadays everything has become quite the opposite. Today, a truly modern plant does not need a large number of people, because all processes are automated.
Automation of the process involves the use of methods and tools designed to implement a process control system without direct human participation. Human will be responsible only for making the most important decisions.
This is one of the most powerful factors in oil processing. Over the past 30 years, the technology of oil production has not changed. The main inventions in this industry have already been made and for this reason, the further development of production capacity consists of increasing the level of automation.
The development of automation allows to significantly improve production, at the expense of saving labor, material, fuel and energy resources. Today the market has a wide variety of automation tools and systems created by various manufacturers.
The automation of technological processes allows to increase the productivity, allows you to plan and manage resources, control financial expenses and profits, and increase the productivity of the whole plant.
Automation gives a number of advantages:
- First of all, the number of personnel in the enterprise decreases. Costs are significantly reduce. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, in the near future, thousands of companies around the world will follow this path. It is expected that only in the UK about 20% of various types of production will be automated until 2030.
- Control of any pump or valve is carried out by automation systems. And it means reducing the probability of error by human factor.
- The possibility of remote control of production. All you need is a computer with an internet connection. You can control what is happening at your plant, from anywhere in the world.
It is believed that automation has only one problem — susceptibility to cyber-attacks. But this problem is greatly exaggerated. If everything is done properly and experts are involved in managing an automated plant, then you should not be afraid of hacker attacks. An important part of the protection system is the creation of a special corporate culture. It should be a set of rules that explain which actions may lead to problems for the company, and what to do to reduce risks.
Interestingly, the problems with security are often caused by the human factor. Big personnel means big problems. In the case of full automation, the number of employees decreases, and therefore safety increases.
As said Kirill Kruglov, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, «Despite the common myth, the main source of threat to industrial computers is not a targeted attack, but mass-distributed malware that gets into industrial systems by accident, over the internet, through removable media such as USB sticks, or emails. However, the fact that the attacks are successful because of a casual attitude to cybersecurity hygiene among employees means that they can potentially be prevented by staff training and awareness».
Over the past years, we have launched dozens of fully automated production lines that are able to produce high-quality products almost without human intervention. And if you need to fully automate your production, just contact us — we will open for you the world of the newest technology for your production.