4 Key Questions To Answer Before Automating Your Manufacturing Plant

The manufacturing industry is changing fast. Traditional barriers to entry are falling. Companies of all sizes, everywhere around the world, are looking for creative ways to leverage mechanical automation to improve their bottom line.

No matter the size or scope of your business, mechanical automation offers benefits.

Still, it’s important to make an informed decision about your automation project. Automation technology yields the best results when it is backed by strong fundamentals in other areas of the business. A quick review of your plant can tell you whether you’re ready.

Let’s consider four signs that it might be time to launch a comprehensive automation strategy:

1) Do You Have Unusual Production Needs?

As a manufacturing enterprise matures, “off the shelf” solutions become less effective. They may be cheaper upfront – you may even be able to implement them faster – but those advantages evaporate when your defect rate skyrockets. If production needs have been evolving due to new requirements or bigger throughput targets, automation is the answer.

2) Are Compliance or Safety Costs Growing?

In many industries, compliance is one of the fastest-growing expense categories. This can be true of manufacturers, too: Internationally-recognized quality certifications are complex and costly. Custom mechanical automation controls costs by meeting these needs. At the same time, superior ergonomics can improve team safety and morale.

3) Can Your Team Truly Leverage Automation?

The best automation solutions are often the simplest, but that doesn’t mean just anyone can use them. To make the most of automation, enterprises often shift their personnel strategy to a lean, highly-skilled team. At Nexus Automation, we make this easier by providing full system documentation and operational training leading up to system launch.

4) Do You Have a Clear Vision for the Future?

Automation can yield massive improvements in plant fundamentals – but it’s one part of a greater whole, not a one-punch solution. The best case scenario is this: Understanding where your automation system fits into an integrated plan for the future. That helps you capture true economies of scale and outperform even entrenched competitors.

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