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The Importance of Automation in Manufacturing Process
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

In the fast paced technological world of today, it is important to achieve high levels of productivity and efficiency while increasing product quality and profits. Automation of the manufacturing process can help a business realize these goals.

Automated manufacturing systems work on the physical products and perform operations such as assembling, processing, inspection, or handling of materials. The reason they are called automated is because they require little or no human participation to operate.

There are several reasons due to which companies adopt automation. Some of these reasons are listed below.

1. Increased Labor Productivity

Automation of manufacturing process increases labor productivity and the total rate of production. Automated systems are able to perform tasks more efficiently in comparison to manual operations.

2. Reduced Labor Cost

In the industrialized society, the labor costs continuously rise to meet the increasing demand of productivity. Higher investment in automation is economically justifiable as it replaces manual operations thereby reducing labor costs.

3. Reduced Manual Tasks

Another argument in favor of automation systems is that these can automate operations that are repetitive, tiring or boring for human beings. Automation of such tasks can improve the general level of working environment.

4. Better Safety in Workplace

Some tasks can be dangerous for human beings and transferring these tasks to automated machines can make the workplace safer. Humans can play a supervisory role and manage automated machines while they operate. The physical safety and health of the worker has become obligatory with the enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). This has made automation a necessary requirement.

5. Enhancing Quality of Products

Automation not only has better productions rates than that of manual operations, automated manufacturing process is also performed with greater conformity and uniformity to specifications of quality. Automation reduces fraction defect rate and this is one of the major benefits of automating the manufacturing process.

6. Manufacturing Lead Time is Reduced

Automation helps in reducing the elapsed time between the order of the customer and product delivery which also lowers work-in-process inventory.

7. Accomplishing Tasks that are impossible to complete manually

There are certain manufacturing operations and processes that are not possible without the involvement of machines. These processes have special requirements for miniaturization, accuracy, and geometry that are impossible to achieve manually.

Examples of such processes include rapid prototyping through graphic modeling, making of complex surfaces with numerical controlling system and integrated fabrication of circuits. One cannot even imagine completing these processes without automated machines.

8. Avoiding Higher Costs of Not Automating

The benefits of automating the manufacturing process shows up in unexpected ways such as in higher sales, better quality, improved productivity and better company image. Companies that do not automate their systems are likely to find themselves behind their competitors who choose to automate their manufacturing processes.

If you are looking to automate your manufacturing process then get in touch with Rilco Industrial Controls as we have a team of technical experts who are active 24/7 to provide solutions for industrial automation.

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