Choosing the Appropriate Turnkey Automation Solution for Your Operation

part-1For 20 years, Force Design has provided our customers with services and equipment that boost efficiency and profitability. Our turnkey automation equipment integrates into existing manufacturing processes to reduce lead times, increase production capacity, and lessen the need for skilled labor.

Force Design understands that each organization and project is unique. That's why we strive to provide automation solutions that are custom-fit to each client’s individual requirements and restrictions. Our team of experts can guide and assist in the automation of a variety of manufacturing processes, such as:

  • Assembly and sub-assembly
  • Conveying, loading, or unloading parts
  • Finishing
  • Material handling
  • Quality assurance
  • Packaging
  • Sorting
  • Welding and fabrication

We also offer extensive automation consultation and equipment support services. Our customers can be confident that we’ll recommend the best type of automation solution for their application. We’re always ready to offer advice and assistance before, during, and after project completion. We've extended these services to clients from an array of industries and continue to pursue excellence when it comes to design and support.

Types of Automation & Automation Machinery


There are multiple types of automation solutions available for customers in the manufacturing sector. These include:

Fixed Automation

Fixed automation often has a high initial investment, but pays for itself over time with increased production rates. This method of automation is ideal for performing defined, repetitive tasks for a high-volume/low-mix product. Products that are susceptible to frequent design changes may benefit more from the more versatile automation methods listed below.

Programmable Automation

Programmable automation is well-suited to applications that involve numerous product configurations. Equipment designed for this purpose is intentionally engineered with the capability to change the sequence and/or parameters of operations. To accommodate a new product configuration, the manufacturer can program instructions about each required operation into the equipment.

Most equipment manufactured for this purpose requires a notable investment, but many organizations find the flexibility that it offers to be invaluable. Generally, giving lower production rates than fixed automation means that programmable automation is best-suited to batch production, but it may still be an ideal solution for other specific applications. 

Flexible Automation

Industry experts view flexible automation as an extension of programmable automation. Flexible automated systems present the unique benefit of continuous production, even in the face of variable product mixtures. Switching from the production of one item to the next is simple and doesn't cost an organization additional time or money.

Flexible automation requires the highest investment of any automation solution, but allows for exceptional flexibility and production rates.

Automation Equipment


Force Design provides the following automation equipment solutions:

  • Artificial neural network (ANN). Systems consider examples in order to learn how to perform tasks. Ann is generally not programmed with task-specific rules in mind.
  • Distributed control systems (DCS). Systems rely on large numbers of control loops and feature a central operator supervisory control.
  • Human machine interface (HMI). This refers to any part of a machine that deals with human-machine interactions. Examples might include touchscreens, displays, or keyboards.
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). SCADA systems provide complex process management for industrial operations.
  • Programmable logic controllers (PLC). PLCs are industrial digital computers specifically designed to control manufacturing processes.
  • Instrumentation. Automation instrumentation is a broad term for any number of sensors, connectors, conditioners, encoders, or other equipment that facilitates communication between automation hardware and software.
  • Motion control. This term encompasses the field of automated machinery movement and may include items such as actuators or motion controllers.
  • Robotics. Robotic hardware is essential for automation systems. Robotic components perform physical actions as directed by automation software.

Automation Solutions from Force Design


At Force Design, we customize automation solutions and strategies directly to the needs of our customers. We value your expertise in your manufacturing processes, your employees, and the challenges you face in your operation. Our team will collaborate closely with you to ensure that you receive the best possible automation solution for your budget and your operation. We offer end-to-end support—from initial consultation to installation and equipment support—to ensure that your automation solution continues to perform optimally throughout its intended service life.

Our turnkey automation solutions will improve efficiency, safety, and cost control in your operation. For more information about our automation equipment and services, please contact us.