Factory Automation Process

Proven Factory Automation Process

Delivered by an Experienced Team

SL Controls will deliver a bespoke Factory Automation solution in your production lines that will improve your business today and prepare it for the future.

Our Factory Automation team has extensive experience plus we have the skills and resources to deliver an end-to-end solution. This reduces your costs and makes the overall process smoother.

The Factory Automation Process we use is well-tried and tested and we are continuously innovating and improving. As a result, it will deliver your business objectives. It is summarised in this image plus you can find more details on the process below.

The Factory Automation process we use will make significant and tangible improvements to your business. Find out more by emailing sales@slcontrols.com or completing the form.

Pre-Automation Phase

Our Factory Automation process starts with a pre-automation phase. This includes:

  • POP (Proof of Principle)
  • DFM (Design for Manufacturing)
  • Support during product development
  • User requirements definition
  • RFQ (Request for Quote – competitive bid preparation)
  • Supplier selection and business award

More detail on the specific stages we typically go through in the pre-automation phase of a Factory Automation solution can be found below.

Pre-Automation Phase Cont.

  • Define – defining and agreeing your requirements as the user. These requirements are constantly referred back to throughout the project to ensure the solution we design delivers as expected.
  • Specify – writing the initial specification based on user requirements and an analysis of the systems, machines, and processes you currently have in place.
  • Concept – development of the Factory Automation concept that we will then go on to design and implement in your production line/s.
  • Select – we go through the process of selecting necessary suppliers. We are vendor neutral, so we base this selection entirely on the needs of your business.
  • Procure – during the procurement process, we will ensure you get the best possible terms from all suppliers.

Automation Phase

The automation phase of our Factory Automation process involves designing, developing, testing, and installing the solution.

Key stages and policies of this part of the process include:

  • Design review management
  • Project management during the build
  • FAT (Factory Acceptance Testing)
  • Teardown, crating, and logistics management
  • SAT (Site Acceptance Testing) / Final Commissioning (IQ, OQ, PQ)

Automation Phase Cont.

  • Design – our engineers will develop design options while engaging with all relevant subject matter experts. This culminates in a final design down-selection process.
  • Manage – hands-on management by an experienced project manager to ensure we deliver the project according to specification, on-time, and on- budget.
  • Deliver – we move on-site to implement the Factory Automation solution. This includes full logistics management and, where required, a specialist equipment relocation service.
  • Install – the on-site team begins work installing the solution on your production line/s. They will work closely with your team, prioritising safety and taking steps to ensure minimal downtime.
  • Test – includes all activities required to ensure successful FAT and SAT. We also go through commissioning protocols including IQ, OQ, and PQ to confirm the installation meets specification, operates as expected, and delivers the intended levels of performance.
  • Handover – the final stage involves handing over the Factory Automation solution to your team.

Make SL Controls Your Factory Automation Partner

Watch our short video to meet some of the key members of the Factory Automation team at SL Controls and learn how we can help your business.

Email sales@slcontrols.com or complete the form and we will get back to you with more information about our Factory Automation solutions. We’ll deliver your objectives – get in touch today.

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