Gaining the global competitive advantage your business is aiming for requires continuous updating of your production facilities. Automation is key. It's prevalent and critical to industries such as automotive, aerospace, electrical, metal and plastic, and food and beverage industries among others. Nowadays, the leaders in the manufacturing business have a common denominator: utilization of industrial robots to their production processes.
The first step to automation, especially if you're new to the concept, is knowing who to turn to for solutions. Consulting with a robot integrator is needed and ITBotics offers consulting service. Robotics consulting is an absolute necessity to those who need assistance with their automation process or to those who simply just feel overwhelmed. After all, this is robotics we're talking about.
Adding an industrial robot to automate your process will give you the following advantages:
There is an ongoing trend towards automation as well as continued robotic improvements to better serve their purpose. The whole idea behind automation is to be more productive. With industrial robots integrated to your system, you can refine the quality of your work and increase output by letting the robots do the jobs that are either too dangerous or exhausting for humans to perform. Just ensure to provide proficient training to your employees in order to operate the industrial robots effectively and efficiently.
Accuracy is one of the main attributes of automating your production process with industrial robots. Manufacturing is made more efficient because robots rarely make mistakes, waste is almost totally eliminated. Only the exact amount of raw materials will be utilized due to the robot's high degree of accuracy. Robots also minimizes the risk of producing defective products that are unavoidable and almost always present in human manufacturing, letting you save more money.
Industrial robot providers saying that their product will totally 'eliminate' injuries onsite are lying or a fraud. Injuries cannot be totally eliminated, but can only be reduced. Accidents are commonplace in factories and hazardous workplaces alike. In fact, the manufacturing sector has the largest reported serious work-related injuries sustained in the US, followed by the construction industry. There are 12 worker fatalities reported in a day, according to United States Department of Labor. It's a huge decrease from the reported 38 fatalities a day over a few years ago, which is suggestive of the advantage of utilizing industrial robots to do the riskier tasks, keeping workers safer from serious injuries or worse, death.
Let's be honest. We tend to get bored when doing the same tasks over and over again, every single day. In the end, we lose interest with our job, creating dissatisfaction, which then lowers the productivity level and thereby increasing the employee turnover rate. It's a domino effect that spells disaster to your business! As the employer, your biggest concern is how to improve employee retention. According to a study conducted by Future Workplace and Kronos, 95% of employers expressed that employee burnout is a critical concern for them. One way to address this problem is to let the industrial robots take over these said tasks and assign your employees the skill-oriented jobs that will increase their engagement to the company.
To stay on top of the competition, manufacturing companies are frequently looking for ways to cut costs. One way to achieve this is robot acquisition. Most of you are probably saying that "robots are expensive." Yes, robots are pretty pricey to begin with and its effectiveness depends on its specific application. But the benefits you can get from robotic process automation far outweigh the steep price to pay. With proper handling and following the required preventative maintenance schedule of your machine, the robot's life cycle can be stretched to a few more years, minimizing the need to replace your robot each year. For greatest financial gain, one must take careful consideration and assess thoroughly the kind of processes that could be potentially automated like assembly, packaging and material handling.
Financial gain is the main factor in prompting a person to start his/her business. Same goes with investing. Robots will help in making your production more efficient and at the same time, are very costly. Every advantage discussed comprehensively above – increase in production volume and quality, reduction of workplace injuries, boost in employee engagement, and cost savings – will ultimately result in higher return on investment (ROI). Consequently, these advantages will offset the initial amount of money you spent in acquiring an industrial robot.