Automation is the future
Justification for automation depends much on the nature and volume of your precast business. In hollow core production, basically low capacity, such as two to three casting beds, can be run without automation. But if you plan to expand or the number of casting beds exceeds five, automation is the way to go. For example, about a 100,000 m2 annual production capacity requires automatization because running the plant on Excel sheets is no longer reasonable. On the other hand, it may be well worth automating a much lower production capacity if the salary costs are high. In such a case, digitalized processes and automatic machines pay themselves back in a very reasonable time.
If your production volume is large, but you produce relatively standard elements and changes in concrete, type, size, and finishing are minor, automatization of particular processes may be the right choice, especially if you keep the whole chain from design to manufacturing and construction in your hands.
Elematic Plant Control precast plant management system includes numerous modules, a part of which can also be used independently. For production execution, the FloorMES and WallMES modules offer a perfect system.