island of automation

island of automation

[′ī·lənd əv ‚ȯd·ə′mā·shən]
(industrial engineering)
A single robotic system or other automatically operating machine that functions independently of any other machine or process.
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Two commonly seen automation types in mid- to high-volume settings include Island of Automation and Total Laboratory Automation (TLA).
Cummins and Ford are working hard to see that I&M is no longer the last island of automation. They are trying to ensure that the capabilities and the challenges of factory floor operations, and I&M in particular, are factored into key decisions promptly and consistently.
Squirreling I&M data away in engineering silos perpetuates inspection and measurement as the last island of automation, the repository of information learned and lost.
In fact, we can use this solution for control when is possible to look on technology as an island of automation or group of islands of automation.
In fact, these technology-based solutions have created the "island of automation" problem.
Each operated as an "island of automation" with little information shared among different countries or even different divisions.
Productivity, defined as producing more output (results) relative to fixed input (such as labor), is improved through the elimination of pre- and post-analytical sorting with the EDTA island of automation. With the integration of hematology and HPLC on one workstation, productivity increases as the lab is able to increase testing and sample management capacity (handle higher volumes) without increasing staff.
That's because the factory or warehouse was an island of automation. Information about what happened during a shift could always be reported later to the executive team.
With those issues in mind, many warehouse managers choose to begin with an island of automation when they need to test a new concept or process.
He cautions against "adding just one island of automation." Instead, "it's usually a mixture of intelligent technologies that will get you up to maximum productivity."
Without a clear understanding of the capabilities of AS/RS hardware and software, managers and engineers more than likely operate the system as an island of automation with somewhat isolated performance results.