Around the world, companies are increasingly integrating industrial robot automation in their factories to improve productivity. Implementation of robotic automation solutions is helping companies large and small stay competitive and remain profitable, all the while improving the quality of their products and lowering production costs. Technological developments and innovations in robotic automation have made production and warehouse distribution processes far more efficient. If you are considering an industrial robotic solution for your production line or warehouse, here are 5 important ways that automation can give your company an advantage:
Increased Productivity and Efficiency
The leading benefit of industrial robotic automation is its high productivity capability, allowing companies to achieve maximum efficiency. Tasks are accomplished with precision and high repeatability. High precision also means fewer errors in the production process, decreased waste and reduced production costs, and faster product development and delivery times.
Robotic processes can be programmed to adapt to new tasks more quickly and used in multiple areas of any manufacturing facility. They can also be programmed to operate without stoppages or breaks throughout every work shift—24 hours a day—every day the plant is open. With such production capability, robotic automation allows companies, from small-to-medium to large-scale corporations, to increase their competitiveness in an ever-evolving marketplace.
Improved Product Quality
The inherent accuracy of robotic automation allows companies to improve product quality. Most routine tasks can be accomplished with ease and predictability. Higher quality is ensured because each component is assembled precisely to the exact specification at a greater speed. Therefore, increasing production output. Robotic automation of routine tasks also removes the human error that occurs when performing monotonous and repetitive tasks for hours. Instead, a robot programmed to complete repetitive tasks with precision and efficiency consistently produces a higher-quality product without factoring in losses and waste associated with human error.
As mentioned above, robotic automation will help manufacturers reduce production and operational costs traditionally linked to production processes. Precision technology is at the core of industrial robot automation. Products are made to exact specifications with minimal material waste. As production processes are performed at a greater output, far less lead time is necessary. There is no downtime during production. Robots operate without breaks and require no training. They only require daily or weekly updates and routine maintenance.
Skilled Labor Force
It is a common misconception that robotic automation will lead to widespread unemployment. In reality, wherever industrial robotic systems are introduced, people are needed to work alongside them.
The impact of implementing robotic automation complements and augments labor activities and the quality of work. When automation is combined with human interaction, the main benefit to manufacturers is meeting production goals more efficiently. Robotic automation allows companies to have a higher-skilled workforce that produces higher-quality products.
In robotic automated industrial environments, the new manufacturing workforce requires people with diverse skills necessary for system integration and managing interactive production lines and operations—CNC programmers, robotic technicians, systems managers, computer techs and analysts, engineers, tooling and controls techs, logistics and operations teams, product technicians, and so forth.
Improved Workplace Safety
Robots function as programmed without distraction or risk of injury. With fewer mistakes, overall workplace safety is improved, and occupational hazards of workers are significantly reduced. Robots are ideal for tasks in high-risk environments too dangerous and unsafe for workers, such as operations in high-temperature environments or around hazardous chemicals and toxins. As robots perform functions in smaller spaces, the extra space opened up in the factory or warehouse can increase and improve workflow and remove any hazards from the factory floor.
Contact the Experts at EAM, Inc.
EAM, Inc. provides complete turnkey solutions for your projects, including various types of industrial robotic automation. Services include assembly, CNC machining tending, mold machine tending, packing, sorting and part handling, and even custom robot design. To learn more about our capabilities, please contact us today.