Manufacturing automation isn’t just faster – it’s also safer.
As equipment and processes become more complex, they introduce more dangers. With automation, you have an opportunity to reverse the trend before it has an adverse impact.
There’s no greater danger to team cohesion – or the bottom line – than the possibility of workplace injury. Not only could you lose talented people, but you may end up struggling with legal liability or increased compliance overhead.
Here’s how automation helps you:
Automation Reduces Pinch Points and Other Dangers
If your equipment is getting more complex, but your facility isn’t getting any bigger, security becomes a big concern. The more floor space occupied by equipment, the more hazards workers face: Falls, collisions, collapses, and more all become more likely.
Automation helps you deliver on production goals while achieving more streamlined, sensible use of your space. With more open space and fewer danger areas, accidents of all kinds are much less likely. That alone can improve morale and performance.
Automation Improves Ergonomics
It might be easy to spot the places where serious accidents can happen, but what about repetitive stress injuries? These can develop over the course of months or years – and, if they become serious enough, you could lose a team member just as you would with a serious accident.
Through automation, you have the opportunity to reimagine your processes with human factors at the forefront. You can make the job faster and easier for team members without having to sacrifice your operational targets. That means fewer workdays missed and fewer compensation claims.
Automation Enhances Emergency Response
If the worst happened, how well would your current equipment react? Would you be able to halt operations and control the crisis area in a simple, reliable way? If you’re not quite sure, automation is the best solution.
In any factory emergency, seconds count. A custom-built automated system should be designed with safety – and worst case scenarios – in mind. That means effective ways to respond to problems (both likely and unlikely!) without making the situation worse.