What Every Business Should Know About Process Automation in Manufacturing

Tis the season to… automate manufacturing.

When it comes to automation talk, there’s almost never a con or reason to go against it, as it usually makes people’s lives easier on the side of the company and provides a better customer experience. With that said, there is an even stronger case to be made for automating as much of the manufacturing operations as possible, given that the benefits of this include life-saving scenarios – and no, that’s not an exaggeration.

Any company that sells a product either makes it or buys it in bulk to be distributed as a good. Where do goods come from? Manufacturing factories and warehouses where tens to hundreds of employees interact with heavy machinery on a daily basis to create the products that end up in our homes and offices, and sometimes even become our methods of transportation. Because of this, there is a health and safety risk added to the day-to-day burden of these employees, and thus, this is probably one of the biggest case studies for why intelligent process automation (IPA) is the resolution manufacturing companies need to take on in 2019.

Though there are some long lists of reasons why manufacturing should be at the top of the IPA priority list, we’ll focus on just a few that can really move the needle and help those on the fence make the decision:

  • Worker Safety: intelligent process automation is a combination of tools that include robotics, machine learning, IoT, etc. working together under human supervision to recreate human action, but automated and enacted by robots. IPA is not yet at the level where systems can work completely on their own, so the human element is still part of the equation but not as an active member; rather, on a supervising role. This change places the burden of the machinery work in the hands of the system and takes a huge amount of risk of injury (and even death) off the table for employees. This factor alone should be enough to persuade any manufacturing company to pursue the automation route.
  • Labor Costs, Time & Efficiency: if we talk numbers, once the automation of manufacturing processes are taken on by the machines, employees have more time to focus on other activities that might impact the company bottom line more profoundly, or also to enact a better work-life balance if a flexible schedule so allows it. Automation drives efficiency, money savings and forces employers to reshuffle the operations deck to give the employees more meaningful tasks. This also ends up working as an improvement on working conditions, as employees feel more important & valued for their contribution vs. when they did menial, boring assignments.
  • Top-Notch Quality: we love humans, but no being alive can match the precision and strength of a machine when it comes time to build something. The quality of products mass produced on conveyor belts is unmatched and unrivaled by any human (at machine speeds) and that ensures customers receive the same product across the board, even if they buy it months apart. This is the stage where humans serve as supervisors and quality control checks.

At Lagash, we take our technology seriously but our humans even more so. Health and safety of workers should be a key concern for every company, and we are here to take on the journey of automation, together. Our custom software developments can help in any part of the manufacturing process as they are created from scratch, to fit your needs. Give us a call to find out how we can make automated manufacturing a reality for you.