The Difference between Automation, Manufacturers and Installers


Many people can get confused with what Automation, Manufacturers and Installers do, and sometimes even think that they are all in one, the majority of the time that isn’t the case. Contact us for more advice.

What is a manufacturer?

Manufacturing is the process of converting raw materials, components, or parts into finished goods that had been requested for a customer – it is important to meet their expectations and specifications. It often involves manned-machines and setup with division of labour in a large scale production. Machinery plays a massive role in the mass production of these products.

To ensure a manufacturers business is functioning well, costs must be covered, meet demand and make a product well enough to supply the market.

The best provider of factory automation solutions in Derbyshire

A successful manufacturing company based in Derbyshire is Conveyor Systems LTD. They have over 50 years of experience in supplying quality material handling systems and factory automation to warehouses throughout the UK. View more information about conveyor systems here.

Their core values are:

  • Quality
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Responsibly

With a factory working in different productions, the main ones are:

Make-To-Stock (MTS)producing goods to stock for consumers to buy. They have to predict the market for their goods and will plan their activity in advance.

Make-To-Order (MTO)This is where the producer will wait for orders before actually manufacturing raw materials and components.  This is easier as it doesn’t rely on market demand as much.

Installers have a much different role

Installers are involved once all the manufacturers and automation engineers have finished designing and producing a product.

They ensure the location of installing is suitable where it is safe to actually install the product into a certain area. They have to meet certain specifications by government building regulations and fit it to a high standard. If these locations aren’t suitable, then changes will have to be made so installers can do their job properly.

Sometimes installation can be left to the customer. This is particularly common with materials that are prepared to fit the specific requirements of the customer.


The installation process is often left to the customer, like using EPDM roofing materials, where the provider offers detailed instruction and guidance in order to help their customers complete the job in the best way possible.

Some more examples of this are roofing, flooring and even some lighting installations.

Automation Engineers are a part of the designing process

Automation involves the creation and application of technology. It essentially results in the ability to monitor or control the production/delivery of products by a manufacturer.

Automation engineers are a part of the designing, programming, simulating and testing of machinery industries, where they have to processor in order to complete tasks through a specification.