Automation has been around for decades in its various forms. In its earliest days, the automobile industry began with motorized conveyor systems to move the cars from one assembly station to the next. Today, the automotive industry is the number one user of robotics in their manufacturing processes.
Because of labor shortages in today’s market, finding qualified employees to perform assembly operations has become increasingly difficult. If you could find a way to produce more goods with fewer workers, you could increase sales and profitability, process automation may be the key.
So, should you automate? Modern robotic automation provides many benefits. Here are just a few:
- Increased productivity-Robots can perform assembly procedures with greater speed than human workers.
- Quality control-Automated processes are performed by robots to exact specifications, on every product, every time.
- Reduced labor costs-Robots can allow your business to produce more with fewer workers.
- Safer working conditions-Robots are able to perform tasks that are dangerous, providing your human workers with a safer work environment.
- Greater employee satisfaction-Relieving workers from the more mundane or dangerous tasks in your manufacturing operation will lead to an increase in their job satisfaction
To get your business started with automation, consider the repetitive tasks your workers are performing. Assembly operations present a perfect application for robotic automation. Simple tasks such as screwing parts together can be performed by robots with greater speed and precision than human workers can achieve. In an automated system for this sort of task, robots deliver the screws to the product, then screw them together using a controlled torque. While humans certainly can’t be removed from the factory floor completely, it’s proven that the combined efforts of workers and robotic automation can produce more at a lower cost.
You may be wondering about the cost of robotic automation. As Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has gained popularity in a number of industries, the cost has gone down dramatically. Even small businesses are finding affordable ways to automate their processes, allowing them to realize greater efficiency,
Robotics are revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. Many companies are already saving money, increasing production, and making their workers happier as a result of collaborative robotics. This will continue long into the future and make manufacturing better for us all.
If you’d like to get an idea of how your company can benefit from robotic automation, contact the professionals at Robotic Automation Systems. We have been a leader and innovator in integrating automation and robotics for the plastics industry since 1993. Robotic Automation Systems solutions are custom engineered, built and fully integrated into your application and process – from complete turnkey automation systems to specific robotic automation application needs and tooling. We proudly represent a broad range of high-quality automation robots from several top-of-the-line manufacturers.