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4 Ways in Which Technology has Benefitted the Manufacturing Industry
Thursday, April 5, 2018

“The future of manufacturing is in technology. The next generation of manufacturing champions will come from those companies that use brain power, not labor, to drive their innovations”

—Steven Moore

Technology has revolutionized manufacturing to a great extent. From aiding simple tasks like picking appropriate parts for the assembly-line from the warehouse to actually putting the parts together; RFID scanners, robots and automated programs have breathed a new life into the industry that was faltering ever since the Great Depression and the availability of low cost options in Asian and African regions. With more and more manufacturing units embracing the idea and benefits of the latest technologies, prospects have improved for all stakeholders across the board. Some of the major benefits that technology has brought into the manufacturing realm need special mention:

It has helped improve productivity

Technology has played a vital role in helping to increase the efficiency of employees and in-turn provided businesses a healthy boost in productivity. Employees now have access to tools that make tasks that were previously considered extremely hectic and time consuming to become much simpler. For example: in an auto assembly plant, parts need to be continuously replenished at the assembly line and have to be brought in from the warehouse. Since these parts are packed, identifying the correct package used to be challenging for the employees. However, with the introduction of barcodes and RFID scanners that can be hand-held and even attached to glasses, the task is much simpler. Furthermore, these gadgets are connected to an inventory management system that sorts out supplies and orders automatically, a task that previously required scores of workers and a lot of confusing paperwork.

It has aided to streamline production

The overall manufacturing process has been enhanced a great deal by the introduction of innovative technologies. With robots working side by side humans to ensure flawless execution and cutting time and costs substantially; the process has now become simpler and multiple times more effective.

Lowered the risks

This is a multi-pronged aspect of technology. The manufacturing process involves numerous risks ranging from human errors to physical injuries or machine malfunctions. However, as the technologies are upped every now and then, these risks have gone down to a large extent as compared to the early days. Laser guided scanners can efficiently pin-point defective products that can be pulled of the assembly line before being completely manufactured or sent out to the end consumer. The risk of physical injuries has been reduced as human intervention is now minimal or has been eliminated altogether in dangerous parts of the manufacturing process like handling fast moving blades, etc.

Allowed better optimization of resources

In a holistic view, technology has allowed the industry to save precious resources like time, cost and efforts along the way. These resources are now being utilized for other operations like Research & Development.

Technology has been on the forefront of human advancements in the last few decades and it shows no signs of slowing down. Revamping the manufacturing industry by improving overall productivity and performance while lowering overall risks at the same time, technology has allowed humans to conquer another front efficiently. At this pace, where we might end in a few years is fascinating to imagine.

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