Few decades back, when automation solutions were not available, the process of mechanization played a key role in the manufacturing businesses. Company’s workforce commanded and guided the heavy machines to complete the production step by step. Key decisions were taken by the humans and the machines had to perform accordingly. But not now, when the innumerable innovations in automation technology have elevated businesses and its functioning to an advanced level. Business processes and activities are now automated and the system now guides the company’s workforce while performing tasks required for achieving the company targets. In fact, automation brings along many other benefits that are worth exploring.
Levels are now more defined, company goals are clear, processes are streamlined, human intervention have reduced, production is done beyond human capabilities and targets are achieved in very less time. In other words, high product quality, consistent production, economical price, enhanced reliability and high production rate – best defines the capabilities of automation.
Automation in manufacturing combines together the power of high-degree computing capabilities, advanced machineries and logically programmed commands to help companies in establishing a smooth business workflow. Automated manufacturing processes make use of an integrated platform, where all the decisions, resources, budget, efforts, time etc. converges to produce the finished product and achieve organizational goals.
Defining Manufacturing Business
Before we proceed ahead, it is important to clearly understand – how a manufacturing business can be defined.
A manufacturing business works to make a finished product out of the raw materials or other various related components with the help of machines, computers, workforce and other various modern-day automation solutions.
Raw materials and other relevant items are arranged in, what manufacturer’s call, an assembly line. Stationed in a defined sequence at different levels of manufacturing, these components go down the assembly line to finally produce the finished products. It is to be noted that the finished product of one manufacturing business can be the raw material for other manufacturing plants and it can also be directly sold in the market and to the customers as well.
Automation can make these processes, which is also termed as ‘Fabrication’ by some in the manufacturing business, streamlined, efficient and error-free. Automating manufacturing processes can increase the production speed manifold. And therefore, it would save more time for the company’s workforce to best use their potential and take productive decisions towards achieving organizational goals.
How Automated Manufacturing Process Helps Businesses
When production and processes were mechanized, the manufacturing plants yielded great results as far as productivity and profitability was concerned. But again, those were within a defined capability and were at the discretion of company’s workforce. But automation transformed everything. Let’s have a look how automated manufacturing processes guides organizations towards sustained growth, profitability and reliability.
Optimum Productivity & Reduced Cost
With the help of logically programmed commands, automation results in continuous production, unlike humans. Automated processes lead to heterogeneous production in one go, without comprising on quality aspects of the finished products. On the other hand, automating manufacturing processes also helps companies in save more on operational cost. Automation leads to optimum use of resources and also identifies and eliminates the tasks that add no value to the manufacturing processes.
Saves Time for Workforce & Ensures Safety at Workplace
Manufacturing automation leads to minimized human intervention. It can also mean reduced error rate, as human tends to make mistakes but automation leaves no room for it. On the other hand, this also helps in saving more time for the company employees to use their energy and effort in other core business areas. They can be more creative as automation saves them from getting overburdened with work. Besides, all the dangerous tasks can be automated, which reduces risks to human lives. Therefore, automation also plays a key role in ensuring safety at the workplace.
Helps in Having a Focused Goal
Automation solutions have the ability to define company’s goals, allocate budget and time against it. Automated manufacturing processes direct company’s raw material, energy and information towards achieving organizational goal. In other words, the communication channel is integrated when manufacturing processes are automated. It leads to transparency in the system and smooth information flow within departments and between all the stakeholders. None of the resources are left idle; assigning of tasks to the workers are automated and they also know the time allotted to each task; managers no more have to track task’s progress manually and they can also address to and solve the queries raised by workers in the real time – all these factors lead to hassle-free processes workflow.
Reduced Production Time & Enhanced Accuracy
Automation saves manufacturing plants from the time and cost wasted in making repeated decisions and doing the same tasks again due to a production error. Automation means precision and accuracy in the entire manufacturing processes. Besides, automated system also leads to more production in less time. Where companies produced 100 units in, say 10 hours, with automation they can produce 1000 units in 5 hours.
When Mechanization Moved Ahead to Automation
The “lights-off” automation dream of the western countries has not been realized till date. At this moment it seems to be impossible that lights are turned-off and manufacturing of goods is left to robots. So can automation do it without humans or not is a secret yet to be revealed. But when mechanization was forgotten to welcome automation, manufacturing plants all over the world saw many dreams and they have well realized those dreams. This at least proves one thing, that automation can for sure help businesses in evolving their future.