Man versus robot. One of the greatest Sci-fi subjects for the past few decades, telling a futuristic story of how robots take over our world. Although this imaginative scene is captivating, the reality of robots in the 21st century is quite the opposite.
Robotics and automated machines can create a more positive work environment and improve multiple facets within a company. Manufacturing companies can offer training for their factory employees who now have the skills needed to oversee production machines instead of engaging in tedious and sometimes unsafe work. With machine automation, less risk is more rewarding – it can provide a win-win scenario for your business, your employees and potentially increase production and quality for your customers.
The advancement of technology has vastly improved workplace safety concerns, created more skilled jobs and has increased the bottom line of companies worldwide. The capacity of production is no longer a struggle to predict and can be projected in real-time.
Investing in automated machinery could be the solution your company needs to stay competitive. The five (5) ways integrating automated machines can improve your operations are:
Provide Measurable ROI
Making a capital investment in an automated production machine can be a big decision. For many manufacturing companies, return on investment (ROI) is one of the most important factors to consider. However, calculating the ROI on an automated machine can be easier than you think. A machine can take a lot of the guesswork out of the calculations by providing reliable production that is less likely to be impacted by factors such as finding and keeping labor, navigating labor laws and unions and upscaling to address increased demand. Automated machines can offer reliability and consistency to combat these issues and assist with accurate ROI calculations.
Productivity increases have been seen with the investment of automation as well. If you are dealing with tedious and time-consuming processes, automating them can improve your production rates, increasing output and even quality. The engineering of automated machines has allowed for the integration of the best mechanical and robotic workhorses that significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to create a finished product. This also holds every product to the same standard of quality.
Create a Safer Workplace
The creation of a safer workplace shows historical benefit through the progression of ethical humanity within manufacturing. The United States in the 1900’s had a workforce that was consumed by the manufacturing industry. Workers were likely to find themselves in unsafe conditions. With the investment of machinery and robots, workers had the ability to increase their skillset and engage in work that was safer and more valuable. This made room for higher-skilled positions across every industry, something that continues to evolve to this day.
Attract a Skilled Workforce
With factory work becoming automated, other areas within the business can be focused on. These new skilled positions allow workers to become creative and provide more initiative. The option to grow internally with a company is a motivation that is hard to ignore. Investing in automated machines means investing in employees. This helps companies attract not only a competitive workforce, but a skilled one as well.
Improve Economic Growth
Economic growth improves from decreased product volatility, especially during uncertain times, through the automation of machines. We are now entering the age of Industry 5.0 where robotics, machines and humans work together. Each of these five points work cohesively together when improvement is possible. Maybe it’s time for a new storyline for the Sci-fi world? One of a symbiotic relationship; machines and humans working together for the greater good. After all, Industry 5.0 is the age of great possibilities.