Manufacturing processes have changed extensively over the years and where once we were highly reliant on people to get the job done, we are now increasingly turning to machines and robots to do what needs to be done. Due to high demand and the fact that the world’s population is growing every single year, manufacturers now have to be able to promise higher output to meet demand. These high levels of productivity cannot be achieved by just using people alone and so in order to be able to increase productivity and efficiency, automation is essential.
The thing to remember here is that quality cannot suffer as a direct consequence of higher output and just because it is more profitable to do so, it doesn’t mean that it is the right thing to do from a business perspective. The wonderful thing about automation is that you can use your PLC system to make sure the processes run smoothly as possible and there is minimal human interaction needed. These automation processes are able to do jobs that people find quite boring and mundane, and even dangerous at times. If you are involved in the manufacturing industry, then the following are just some benefits of introducing automation into your processes.
- Much safer workplaces – In the past, workers lost limbs and even their lives operating machinery that moved quickly and had many moving parts. People did not want to work with equipment such as this, but there were no other alternatives and so someone had to do it. The wonderful thing about automation is that no human input is required and so the machine performs its duties safely and quickly.
- Reduction in labour costs – If you have machines doing the work of many different people at one time then this means that you don’t have to hire as many people to get the work completed. Your automation processes also work without the need for resting and your machines don’t need a break at all and they can easily work around the clock seven days a week as long as you make sure that they are properly maintained and taken care of.
There are many jobs that employees do not want to do because they are incredibly boring and repetitive. This is the job of the automation process and your machine or robot doesn’t mind what kind of function that you want it to do.