Benefits of Automation
Automation is the application of technology to execute tasks and reduce human input especially in production and manufacturing industries. Automation is applied in almost every aspect of life. For instance, street lights change colours automatically and emails are sorted out into their specific folder automatically. Automation saves the time you would have spent doing such tasks giving you adequate time to concentrate on other important tasks. The core benefits of automation include; productivity, reliability, availability, increased performance and cost reduction as discussed below.
Increased productivity, production of better quality materials, more efficient use of production materials and decreased factory lead times are some of the main benefits attributed to automation. Increased productivity leads to higher products outputs that are of high quality since human errors are eliminated through automation especially where production process are ad nauseam. Despite the believe that high product quality can be achieved through good workmanship and proper labour management, automated production systems execute manufacturing processes with reduced variability as compared to human employees. This results to consistency in production of quality products and better control of the production process. Better process control leads to efficient use of production materials and less wastage.
Though greatly overlooked, worker safety is an important automation benefit especially among industries. Use of automated production and manufacturing systems reduces the number of employees in the production stations thus safeguarding them against environmental factory hazards that sometimes cause permanent injuries. As a matter of fact, occupational safety and health activists support the use of industry automation and robotics in a bid to protect and ensure the physical well-being of all factory workers.
Reliability is the cornerstone of any dependable operations department. Without reliability an organization or operation department can be chaotic. For instance, an IT department requires high technical skill sets, an ability to comprehend complexities and challenges that an operating system may have, to analyse and solve problems as they occur. Automated operations ensure that all organizational tasks are executed as required and in accordance to sequence. This ensures that all prerequisite jobs are completed successfully, input data is accurate and all special processes are carried out precisely. Automation ensures that all tasks are executed intelligently and dynamically in line with their predetermined parameters.
Every organization thrives by performing like a thoroughbred however, they often get overburdened with work. Automation and computer advancements make operations less expensive and faster as demands increase beyond your employees’ capabilities. Automation allows companies to achieve production goals by operating their systems or manufacturing plants for 24 hours with minimal to no human intervention. This leads to significant improvement in performance and productivity.
Automation is more than just accepted among business enterprises and industries; automation is necessary in order to remain competitive.