Automation In The Industrial And Environmental Sector

Automation In The Industrial And Environmental Sector

It is common to find articles in which the concept of technological revolution and automation is linked to the destruction of jobs. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Over the past centuries, the different economic revolutions have shown that they destroy some jobs, but create new jobs for different profiles.

In turn, the use of technology and automation has led in many cases, not only to an improvement in efficiency at the production level and process optimization but also a more positive impact on the environment, with examples such as the sensors for analyzing water.

This Is How Automation In The Industrial Sector Helps The Environment

There are countless practical applications and real cases, in which automation has led to an improvement in the environment with the use of sensors such as those from 

Among the main advantages of automation, there is also the fact that automated processes are usually linked to automatic measurement in real-time.

For example, if previously daily inspections of the pollution levels of a factory were carried out manually, there were options for human failure in the measurement and also the metrics were collected every 24 hours.

On the other hand, it is currently possible to implement sensors that measure the pollution of the factory during the production process in real-time, also sending metrics in real-time.

This means that if, for example, there is a leak and pollution levels increase, a solution can be put in place at the moment, minimizing the negative impact on the environment, by reducing the temporary window of contamination. (Which in this example would have been reduced from 24 hours to a few minutes.)

Save Water Thanks To Industrial Automation

In addition to the previous example, in which we mentioned how automation can help reduce negative environmental impact in the event of pollution leaks.

Automation also allows better use of resources, such as water.

Through the use of sensors for the analysis of water and measurement of liquids, it is possible to identify the quality of the water (the levels of contamination, if there has been a leak in a river near the factory, etc.), as well as the water levels, so that, if for example there is a leak in a water circuit that is causing the loss of thousands of litters per minute, it can be repaired immediately without waiting for manual checks or for a more critical indicator to appear, such as the malfunction of a machine because it does not receive the water levels it needs for its correct operation.

Environmental Sustainability

The use of sensors for water analysis is key in the process of environmental sustainability, respect, and care for the environment.

For example, there are metal analyzers for the hardness of materials such as iron, aluminum, chromate, and sodium in water.

They are especially useful in wastewater from power plants since their function is to help provide clean water, achieving safe processes.

Another utility is found in the automatic control of the sewage system.

For example, during the start of the coronavirus pandemic, wastewater analyses were carried out to identify the presence of the virus and how long it had been in circulation, as well as the incidence rate in each city.

With automatic water samplers, for monitoring and sampling of wastewater, sewage systems, surface water, rivers, and rainwater, this process is easier, despite the initial complexity and subsequent laboratory analysis of the samples, the Sample automation takes place.

As you can see, the automation of some of the main industrial processes is having a very positive impact on a day-to-day basis both with the environment and with water quality, for example, and directly impacting our health.