ENABL’s Automation team consists of both hardware and software employees, all of whom coordinate and collaborate on automation projects.
“When we’re assigned a new project, we always need to sort out the customer requirements and the functional specifications which the customer needs before we can develop the actual software applications. To do that, we need to gain a thorough understanding of the machine and single out the components we need,” Yonggang explains.
While Yonggang and his software colleagues oversee the software design and development phase, the hardware employees in the automation team attend to making electrical drawings, selecting electrical components, and designing control systems.
“The software applications which we develop can be accessed through a panel on the machine. Here, it is possible for the machine operators to constantly manage and monitor what the machine does. This is possible due to the combined software and hardware skills in our team,” Yonggang says.
The team also creates user guides for the operation of machines. If a customer experiences an issue with a machine, the automation team is able to remotely access the machine and correct the issue.
Yonggang and his colleagues in the automation team have access to ENABL’s workshop where all machines are assembled. This means that they are able to actually see the machines they are creating automatic solutions for and follow the assembly progress.
“It is a huge benefit that we can simply go to the assembly hall and look at the machines. Thereby, we can participate in the testing and the commissioning of the machines and identify any changes which we need to make on our part,” Yonggang says.
There is, accordingly, close collaboration between the automation team and the mechanical and electrical staff in ENABL’s assembly hall.