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Robotics in the manufacturing industry dates back to the early 1960s, when the first robots were installed in automobile plants. Since then, robotics has become commonplace in scores of industries, and it has automated a broad range of tasks and processes that could previously only be carried out by human workers. Today, a new automation and technology boom is promising to further transform manufacturing processes and systems through robotics. Frankly, robotics is now the way of the manufacturing world and here are just a few benefits of adding a “robotic workforce” to your organization.
Benefits of Robotics
Improved product quality and reliability
The accuracy of robots means they can achieve consistent quality for every product produced. Robots eliminate the problems associated with fatigue, distraction and the effects of repetitive and tedious tasks. Automated tasks are performed with precision, which ensures products are manufactured using the same specifications and process every time. This results in fewer defects and repairs, which improves product quality and customer satisfaction.
Improved health and safety
Automation can readily be applied to tasks and environments that are unpleasant, hazardous, or life-threatening. By using robots, companies can decrease the likelihood of accidents caused by contact with machine tools or other potentially hazardous production machinery or processes. Robotics also increases workplace safety by helping to eliminate injuries associated with repetitive or intensive processes.
Improved quality of work for employees
By teaching employees how to use robots, they can learn valuable programming skills and perform work that is more stimulating and challenging. Tedious manual labor and low-value repetitive tasks can simply be left to the machines. Manufacturing personnel can be moved to supervisory roles or can focus on strategic, high-level tasks like the best way to improve efficiency or expanding a system’s capabilities.
Robots can be mounted in multiple configurations to help companies save valuable space in manufacturing areas. They can also be programmed to work in confined spaces so companies don’t lose valuable floor space. By automating parts of a production line, companies can decrease the footprint of a work area and utilize the floor space for other operations.
Increased production output and efficiency
A lean manufacturing process is crucial for increasing efficiency. Robots can be left running overnight and during weekends with little supervision, so companies can increase their output levels and better meet order deadlines. An automated solution does not require time away from production for breaks or sickness, and will not experience distractions. Once programmed, robots can also easily switch between processes, helping companies meet changes in product design or customer demand.
Increased quality and reduced waste
Automated systems increase product quality. Robotics reduces the amount of breakage and waste produced as a result of poor quality or inconsistent finishing. Robots produce at the same rate and at the same high level of consistency. As a result, companies gain greater yields, reduce raw materials, and decrease waste.
Robots reduce both direct and overhead costs, improving a company’s competitiveness. For example, automated systems enhance worker safety, which leads to financial savings with fewer healthcare and insurance concerns. Robotics can also reduce labor turnover and costs associated with employee recruitment and training, as well as costs associated with handling different production tasks and work patterns.
Using robots to achieve faster and more efficient production lines can help reduce the capital costs associated with inventory and work-in-progress. By using automated processes to move products faster through production, companies can better predict production rates and deliver faster and more efficient service. Automated systems can also be continuously upgraded for maximum efficiency. This results in making manufacturing operations cheaper, which results in lower costs and increased profits.
Do you want to learn more about how utilizing automation in your manufacturing operations can boost your competitive edge? Are you interested in quantifying how robotics can enhance your profits? you plan for growth and your long-term strategic goals, Engineering Specialists can help you determine how robotics will improve your manufacturing processes and keep you in line with your competitors. Contact us to find out how robotics solutions can transform your business.