Automation may just be the most important trend in manufacturing today.
Look around yourself and you’re bound to notice that many other industries are finally seeing the power of automation. Technology is becoming faster, more compact, and more efficient. Within the next decade, a tremendous amount of automation investment is sure to occur.
Even so, manufacturing was and still is the core of the automation phenomenon.
Let’s look at five reasons more and more manufacturers are embracing automation:
1) Automation Controls Rising Capital Expenses
The majority of manufacturing businesses are small or mid-sized. Securing the capital to grow your manufacturing footprint with your business can be a huge challenge. Automation allows you to get more done with less space, potentially doubling or tripling the value of your footprint.
2) Automation Reduces Dangerous Safety Risks
A single example of non-compliance with key safety regulations can cost you millions of dollars. What’s more, common workplace risks like pinch points may put team members’ lives at risk. Automation allows you to completely reorganize your floor to eliminate some of these threats.
3) Automation Drives Down Operational Overhead
When you invest in an automation system, you’re also investing in the underlying efficiency of your processes. Converting from several interconnected systems to one seamless automation solution usually takes some hardware and process steps out of the equation, saving you money.
4) Automation Delivers Unparalleled Productivity
Higher productivity – practically overnight – will always be one of the greatest draws automation has to offer. It’s easy to justify automation to senior leadership because you can measure the difference it makes in a matter of days. It simply makes any enterprise more scalable.
5) Automation Means Greater Operational Flexibility
Automation makes it much easier to retool and reorient yourself in respond to changing market conditions. If you need to make a major change to your end product on the fly, automation will allow you to do that without the tedious, time-consuming retooling of manual systems.
The automation revolution is picking up steam, but there’s still time to position your business to reap the benefits.