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Benefits of Manufacturing Automation

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Automation is the process of embedding industrial machinery like welders, material handlers, palletizers, cutters, dispensers, etc. into manufacturing industries. The utilization of hardware and software automation brings an increase in productivity, profitability and safety of the industry, and as a whole increase competitiveness.

Manufacturing Automation offers numerous benefits and advantages for conventional manufacturing industries. The following topics are benefits of Manufacturing Automation.

Greater Productivity

As an industry’s demands grow, so does the concern for greater productivity. A robot or any other automation equipment can greatly increase production output, while working at consistent speeds, unattended. This not only means that the output is less likely to be tampered, but means that humans can be left with more daunting tasks that require creativity.

End to end factory automation has the potential to double or even triple production volume as equipment can run for longer, compared to partially automated industries.

Lowered Costs

Even the most complex of processes of manufacturing an equipment can be broken down into a series of steps when automation is put into place. Automation systems are designed to take over repetitive tasks, while making sure precision isn’t lost. This translates into minimum power loss, fewer chances of errors, and as a whole cheaper manufacturing.

Furthermore, robots can take over the job of 3 – 4 people, and cut costs from that end as well. The Return on Investment or RoI is also very high with automated solutions, as they typically require little intervention.

Greater Quality and Lowered Waste

Technologies like Computer Aided Manufacturing & Printing have given robots a competitive edge over humans in several fields. Robots are able to produce spotless results, and have a smaller error percentage compared to humans.

This, on top of accurate use of raw materials, only reduces the environmental footprint, which as we know is a shared responsibility. Lesser waste also translates into lowered operating costs.

Increased Safety

Manufacturing Industries especially those that deal with heavy equipment aren’t free from danger. Simply the risk of getting crushed in one of these industries can be enough to put a worker’s mind out of focus. Automation equipment come with a mesh of safety precautions such as infrared grids that make sure machines do not interfere with humans in any possible way.

Moreover, by leaving the technically unsafe tasks to robots, e.g. mining, drilling, controlling nuclear reactors, etc. workers can enjoy greater safety and peace of mind.

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