Automation, Efficiency, and the Future of Manufacturing

Finding efficiencies in manufacturing through automation

Automation, Efficiency, and the Future of Manufacturing

In the world of manufacturing, robotics have drastically improved production efficiency through automation. 

Since the implementation of robotics in the workplace, automation has been successful at reducing human errors, variability in quality, and reducing the overall cost of manufacturing. Robotics has also improved safety in the workplace by filling dangerous job positions, automating monotonous tasks, and taking over jobs that compromise human hygiene. As automation becomes mainstream for businesses, manufacturing costs can be significantly cut by replacing expensive employees with robotic machines. 

The Benefits of Automation in Waste Reduction

Eliminating waste is one of the key benefits of automation. Using properly programmed equipment, manufacturers can ensure strict adherence to tolerance limits. Furthermore, the machines can alert you if the manufacturing process has steered off course or has gone outside normal tolerance limits.

These strict process procedures can prevent wastage by reducing scrap material and avoiding the reproduction of products due to mistakes. 

Efficiencies in Cost Control

Automating your workplace can give you the opportunity to hit your targets while running lean and keeping costs low. The use of robotic machinery promotes automation while reducing the need for material-handling equipment such as forklifts. 

One way to increase workplace automation is through collaborative robotics and other automated machinery. Robotic machinery requires a low-to-medium initial investment, is meant to operate alongside human workers, and boasts a quick turnaround of investment returns. 

Efficiencies in Employee Productivity

Employee safety is the highest priority in any workplace. Automation can help you achieve this goal by eliminating the need for employees to enter warehouses or automated storage areas, except when maintenance to these systems is required.

Automation and The Internet of Things (IoT)

Two-thirds of manufacturers are interested in implementing IoT into their businesses, but few have an understanding of how to make that step or how it can improve their process. 

Incorporating the IoT into your business can help by automating operation reports, increase productivity, and take over menial, time-consuming tasks. For example, some basic applications include:
Automated entry control

  • Heating/cooling control
  • Start-up and shut-down of equipment
  • Lighting control
  • Restriction controls on devices

In manufacturing or any business environment, automated tasks can be used to improve the quality, production, and expediency your customers expect. 

The Future of Automation

In manufacturing, automation can increase production efficiency by 30 percent. A production increase this substantial not only improves output but also allows manufacturers to become more competitive in their market. 

Although a lot of emphases has been put on unemployment due to automation, the opposite is true. Automation can create new job positions, promote skill improvement, and shift the responsibility of employees who can manage robots on the production line. 

Since 45 percent of repetitive work tasks can be automated, this can also lead to higher-paying, more meaningful work for employees such as problem-solving, and creative idea solutions. Entrusting employees with more challenging and rewarding work can boost morale and improve efficiency even further than automation alone.

Innovation Automation is a leading provider of cutting-edge solutions with diverse applications to several industries including automotive, consumer goods and medical device manufacturing. Contact us today for an innovative, knowledgeable and highly experienced team to guide your switch to automation.