It’s employing measures through software and hardware to increase productivity on the shop floor. Shop floor automation also includes revision control and machine drip-feeding control through DNC software. This includes capturing data from machines that may be of a legacy nature through hardware implementation or machines.
It helps engineers and production managers see actual utilization rates. It can be a big help in an industry suffering from a skills gap.
It helps to cut down on shop floor activities such as walking back and forth from the PC to the machine, carrying a laptop on the shop floor, managing spreadsheets, and grappling with machine failures of different natures.