Automation in Manufacturing

Automation in manufacturing took tremendous leaps forward during the 20th century, specifically since the evolution of computers, robots and information systems. The advent of computer science and the study of artificial intelligence has led to some great benefits in the manufacturing industry, allowing for increases in efficiency, quality and overall safety. Lee Industrial Contracting offers automated solutions for manufacturers and has been doing so for over 25 years and are committed to sharing the benefits of automation to the entire industry.

Increased Productivity

One of the key benefits of automation is increased productivity. Machines are capable of putting in twenty-four-hour shifts and won’t burn out due to being overworked. Many industrial machines are built for almost continual running, allowing businesses to increase output without increasing expenses. Additionally, computers and robots are capable of multitasking without having to adjust for speed and efficiency. While human employees are still instrumental in the maintenance of equipment, labor is drastically reduced meaning that liability risks are diminished as well.

Bulk Production Capabilities

Similar to the increase in productivity, your facility will be able to increase production rates. Machines and robots are able to work at a faster and more precise rate than humans, meaning that these tools can operate quickly to meet production goals and deadlines. This increase in speed also says that you can boost your production capabilities, taking on more work and clients.

Improved Safety

As robots and other automated systems replace workers, the risk of injury goes down. While there are many people who condemn the use of automation because of an assumed loss of jobs, machines actually improve the health and safety of manufacturing facilities, and there is still a great need for operators and maintenance technicians who specialize in computer programming and automation repair.

Quality Control

While it is true that humans can produce high-quality products, automated systems can perform the same tasks with more precision. Computer systems, CNCs and other equipment minimize the variability from piece to piece, meaning that the finished product is more cohesive across several outputs. No human can produce the same level of consistency as a computer. Additionally, the algorithms used by automated systems allow for the most efficient use of materials thereby reducing waste.

Decreased Labor Costs

The most apparent benefit of automation is the reduction of labor costs. This reduction occurs in one of two ways. One, a company requires fewer employees to perform the work because machines and computers take on the majority of what used to be physical labor. Two, an automated plant allows for a 40-hour workweek as opposed to the average 70 hours worked by factory workers. Therefore, automation allows your company to provide work/life balance for your employees, while also cutting labor costs across the board.

Faster Turn Around

The key to success in manufacturing is continually securing new contracts while working to fulfill orders. Automated production allows a company to work on multiple orders at once while delivering faster turn-around times. This is possible because of the other benefits on this list, especially increased efficiency and output capabilities, and all of this is possible while simultaneously controlling and cutting costs.

Automation in manufacturing is one of those rare instances when you are able to reduce spending and improve both the quality and quantity of production. Don’t waste another second questioning whether automating your production is right for your operation. As a leading industrial contracting company, Lee Industrial Contracting is capable and ready to bring a turn-key solution to your business. Call a representative toll free at 1-888-833-8776 to find out what automation can do for your company.