There has been a big shift in the way manufacturers used to work in the past. Thanks to the modern technologies that trigger ease and streamlined structure of working.
Long ago, factories hired a huge number of workers to carry out every activity- this consumed more time and created chaos. However, presently, tasks are automated and accomplished efficiently with the help of high-tech machines and other gadgets.
Automation is nothing but the use of control systems such as robots, computers and IT for managing machines and processes to replace human efforts. It aims to improve the quality and flexibility of manufacturing processes. Fueled by bots, automation eliminates data redundancy while automating repetitive, rule-based tasks with a scheduled setup.
Manufacturers are gaining the greatest virtue from modern manufacturing. It has drastically transformed factory floors, the nature of employment, quality of end products as well as the economics in the industries. The world is on the cusp of innovative automation era and is rapidly evolving in terms of robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Automated manufacturing systems perform activities such as production, assembling, inspection, and material handling with minimal participation of human effort.
1. Automation is an effective solution to growing labor shortage problems
It goes without saying that manufacturing sector has to encounter an increasing problem of labor shortage. Manufacturers in this industry don’t get good resources with skills to add to the productivity and play a greater role in the supply chain. Companies seek a replacement for those workers who are reaching their retirement stage and most of the time, they don’t find productive replacements.
2. Increased worker’s safety
Every manufacturing process is different and this depends on the nature of goods that you produce. Presently, machines are the workhorse of almost every small and mid-sized manufacturing business. However, there are still some operations where manpower is required.
Certain assembly operations of parts and components performed manually can be a dangerous task, if not done meticulously. When such tasks are automated, it becomes easy for organizations to stay in compliance with government regulations and other workers’ protocols. Business owners can be assured that their workers are safe and risk-free. We can compare present scenario with that of a decade ago. Cell phones which we used years before are much different than the ones we use now.
3. Increased production capacity
There are some human limitations and labor laws which restrict workers to do work. However, machines have no limitations and can continue to work 24/7 without any breaks, shift changes or human interaction. It indeed enhances the quality and capacity of production processes. Automated systems can work rigorously throughout the day without any human interventions.
4. Reduced employee cost
It’s a misconception that automated systems are a huge expense. Yes, of course, it costs money to get the machines up and running, but once deployed, day-to-day working becomes streamlined, independent and stress-free. Thereafter, you need not depend on workers to get the work done. Spending once on the machines is much better than spending months on the tentative employees.
Menial and repetitive tasks done by workers on the shop floor can be accomplished by machines. So, why should you pay an arsenal of employees when a single machine can do it all?
5. Automation will lead to a better world
With sensors and high-tech components, an automated system not only improves the work environment and quality of the product but also help the employees to work more efficiently and focus on critical matters instead of menial ones.
A dynamic wave of automation in Indian manufacturing
The benefits of automation usually show up in intangible ways such as increased productivity, higher sales, employee efficiency, better work and streamlined structure. Indian automation industry is growing at an annual rate of 20 to 25 percent which is unprecedented. It happens to become a preferred manufacturing hub in the global market. Also, it has been predicted that Indian automation industry will evolve at a CAGR of 1-12% in the year of 2015-2020 and is expected to reach $3.49 billion by 2020. Today, many private sector lenders in India are using software robotics and artificial intelligence (Al) to enhance their performance.
Industries have never seen such huge opportunities. Rapidly accelerating the SMB’s digital transformation has encouraged smart manufacturing environments and enable better-informed decisions, enhance customer experience and contribute to the overall productivity.
ERP adds more to the business value
Since the automation industry is taking this great stride, the first step towards industry automation is to invest in a reliable software solution which can help businesses manage every process and each operation in a streamlined manner. Enterprise Resource Planning solution is the key to business roadblocks. It tracks the digital thread and helps organizations design apt operational paradigm as per their requirements and priorities. ERP creates a peaceful business environment by enhancing inter-team collaboration, unifying the data and to make it simple for the key decision makers to trace activities performed by machines and humans.