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4 Benefits of Introducing Automation to the Factory Floor

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In today’s world, the integration of automation into day to day life is growing at a rapid rate. From automatic doors and windows to automated bill pay features online, this technology is continuing to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. 

With an increase of accessibility to new automated technology, manufacturers are implementing automation into a variety of applications on the factory floor. Companies are now beginning to reap the benefits that make this technology so desirable, such as improved safety, quality assurance, efficiency, costs and much more. To better understand why automation is making such a big wave in the industry, here are four benefits that it will bring to your factory floor. 

1. Accurate Quality Control

Quality assurance is at the top of many manufacturers’ lists. Companies want to ensure that every product leaving their facility is of the highest quality and meets the necessary standards. Adding automated machines into any process can help improve quality control.

Automation provides consistency to any application. Company standards can be set within the machine and the same function will occur endlessly until programmed to do otherwise. This allows for less variability that is often found with human workers and greater control over consistency and quality. 

2. Improved Worker Safety

Certain tasks that require dangerous elements or repetitive motions are typically better suited for robots than humans. Automation will take the risk out of any dangerous applications, such as heavy lifting, exposure to hazardous chemicals or extreme temperatures, reducing the likelihood of workplace injuries. It also can take the burden of mundane, repetitive tasks off the shoulders of manufacturers so they can involve themselves with something more productive and rewarding. 

3. Get Ahead of the Competition

Competition is tough in the manufacturing industry. Companies are always looking to have the most efficient processes, save the most money and bring in as many sales as possible. With automation, many companies are able to get ahead of their competitors and soak up all of the benefits that the technology has to offer, including:

  • Reduced factory lead times
  • Lower operational costs
  • Faster ROI
  • Decrease cycle times
  • Increased production output

Automation can provide manufacturers with more time and money to spend on other processes, making their factory floors as efficient and productive as possible.

4. Promote Sustainability

Sustainability is becoming a major goal that is driving new technology in the industry. By automating specific processes within the facility, manufacturers can reduce the number of scraps and wasted materials, which reduces the company’s environmental footprint. Automated machines can also be tailored to take up less space and energy, allowing for greater sustainability.

Introducing automation to the factory floor will leverage your company and provide greater benefits than some may think. As many manufacturers are wary of robots taking over too many jobs, automation is ultimately able to free up time and resources that can be dedicated to greater, more productive projects. 

 

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