Automation: the Perfect Complement to Mechanisation

Automated packing system being checked for qualityIt is every company’s dream to improve output without increasing operating costs. At first, the only way to achieve this was by mechanisation. However, with the advent of machine learning and programming, companies have shifted from mere industrialisation to actual automation of mundane operations on the production line.

Robotic automation, like what you would expect from an automatic carton-packing device, takes some strain off human workers and lets a machine work tirelessly. This clears what would otherwise be a bottleneck in the production line.

Automation Handles What Humans Can’t Handle Efficiently

One of the biggest goals of production line automation is to handle jobs that humans aren’t efficient at. These include:

  • Repeated high-precision measurements
  • Moving and arranging many heavy or light objects
  • Repeated operations that need be done in exactly the same way

Automating such processes not only improves output but also guarantees consistency. This means that every other product coming out of the production line is the same. This consistency is good for meeting market expectations or maintaining equipment since one spare part will fit all components manufactured in the same way.

Automating High-risk Processes

Another notable use of automation is in configuring machines to take over high-risk operations that would otherwise put human workers in danger. By using machines to handle such tasks on their own, a company doesn’t have to worry about hefty insurance plans or risk allowances to a select group of employees. Lower operational costs will always translate into more profit.

Couple these two significant benefits with the fact that automated mechanisation can keep working every hour of the day for seven days a week and you get a 24-hour production line. All you need is a handful of skilled workers on shifts to monitor the automation and change programming on demand.

The result of automation is either improved output or fewer production costs. All these are positive contributors to profit margins if all other factors are to remain constant.