The idea of automation has a history of making workers uneasy. When some people hear “automation,” they think “layoffs,” but the truth is that automation makes their jobs easier and increases productivity. In fact, when automation is added to an existing manufacturing workforce, productivity rises by 2% on an average year.

Industrial automation uses control systems such as computers or robots and information technology, like Horner’s OCS controllers, for controlling different types of processes and machinery. These control systems can perform tasks that humans can’t on their own. Many of our controllers can read more than 1,000 points of data per second- something humans cannot do without automation.

Industrial work is strenuous. It requires precise attention to detail and the ability to effectively multitask. These are not easy tasks; with short-term memory, people can only recall 5-9 pieces of unique data at a time. Stress and exhaustion make these more difficult for people to maintain over time. This can lead to decreased productivity, lower quality, and ‐‐ most importantly ‐‐ a lack of safety. Automation breaks past the barriers of efficiency — and there are many benefits of choosing Horner controllers in the industrial industry.

Facilities use Horner Automation and Horner Solutions products to perform multiple tasks at once, help a facility run 24/7, and log endless amounts of data for review. Without modern automation practices, there are increased incidences of human error, safety issues and wasted energy. Examples of predictive and preventative maintenance systems that rely on automation are in every factory and process application throughout the world.

Our controllers are all-in-one, meaning they provide control (IEC-61131), Graphical HMI (2-1/2″ – 22″ screens), built in and remote I/O support, and various other communication platforms (including Ethernet, CAN and Serial). This innovative architecture results in a control solution with lower maintenance costs, easier implemented upgrades, and less room for development and commissioning issues. Our OCS controllers have many additional features within each individual product, including Data Logging, networking, remote monitoring and control, and more. Our Horner designed, Cscape programming software helps manage all of this from a common environment, without the need to keep track of multiple separate devices for each of these tasks.

Automation takes the risks and difficulties out of industrial work, helping people work more efficiently. With Horner controllers, it’s all made simple.