Tuesday, October 08, 2019
In today’s competitive market, a manufacturer can no longer be complacent when it comes to exploring and implementing industrial automation and intelligent manufacturing techniques.
Crucial factors like product quality, availability, efficient delivery, point of difference in customisation and after sales service become increasingly more important for a strong presence in the market and to remain successful and profitable in the long-term.
Regardless of how many workers are employed in a factory to complete production tasks, factors such as lunch breaks, annual leave, sick leave, maintenance and repair closures diminish potential productivity.
Factory robotics can function 24/7 ensuring production remains at a consistently high level with no variation in output.
After the initial outlay of automation implementation, the daily running costs decreases dramatically when compared to the ongoing expense of annual salaries and all other costs associated with employing a large workforce.
It doesn’t matter how compliant an employer is with Occupational Health and Safety, accidents can and will happen. It’s a human vulnerability that cannot be avoided. Robotics eliminates this risk by handling all hazardous work enabling cleaner and safer work environments for all employees.
Automation ensures that production output is delivered to a consistently high standard. Humans are naturally prone to unwitting error variations in production output; automation enables consistent, error-free production; day in and day out.
Furthermore, the use of the machines eliminates the space needed for manual production lines; enabling a smaller footprint and increasing valuable factory floorspace.
While outsourcing is often seen as the most logical and cost-effective thing to do; it comes with its own slew of problems (link to outsourcing article) that not only reduces efficient productivity but diminishes profitability at an alarming rate.
Once manufacturing is automated, a considerable amount of time becomes available for further exploration and research into ever-evolving automation techniques; ensuring manufacturing methods not only remain current; but ahead of the competitors.
Taking all these factors into account, there has never been a more critical time to embrace and ultimately implement automation.
It provides solid solutions to several critical manufacturing issues while simultaneously increasing profits and maintaining a lucrative competitive advantage.< Back to post list