Automation can easily be said to be the best thing that ever happened to manufacturing. With the developments that have been made in Artificial Intelligence (AI), things can only get better for the manufacturing industry.
In manufacturing, automation takes over tasks that require precision as well as repetitive ones that could be bothersome for humans to perform. There are industries where error can be very expensive or dangerous. Automation reduces chances of error to nil as robots are not known to make mistakes.
Consequently, many factories are automating many of their manufacturing processes. In the not so far away future, just about every factory however large or small will be fully automated.
What the Future Holds for Automation
Many business owners especially those involved in manufacturing are increasingly paying attention to robotics. This has to do with the fact that many manufacturing plants that have automated some of their tasks have seen an increase in production and ultimately, the profits have gone up steeply.
As a result, the future of manufacturing looks bright and the following is expected to happen:
An Increase in the Number of Factories That Will Be Fully Automated
These days, you can walk into a factory and find a couple of workers running the entire place. Everything else is performed by robots and machines. While the human touch is still needed for interaction and perhaps even corrections as well as, Artificial Intelligence is set to be a game-changer.
Interesting times lie ahead in manufacturing with the possibility of manufacturing machines which not only perform crucial tasks but also recognize problems if and when they crop up. They will also have the ability to correct problems when they occur.
What does this mean? Well, machines will be fully automated and will only require occasional check-ins done remotely from a central place.
The End of Recall and Repair Expenses
The biggest concern for any business is to make sales and turn in a tidy profit. This could be hampered in the manufacturing industry by regular recall and repairs when products fail to live up to the promises made.
With manufacturing automation, it will be possible to have machines that detect errors and even correct them. This would ensure zero errors thus ensuring that all products are in perfect condition. There will, therefore, be no recalls or repairs necessary.
This would help to reduce expenses for repairs and recalls as any errors will be caught before the product gets to the customer. This also helps in ensuring that your company is never caught in the disgraceful position of being in the news for a recall. No company wants that as the effort required to rebuild your reputation is great and torturous.
In sensitive industries such as the pharmaceuticals and food, the damage can be beyond repair. Bad press could ruin your company and run you out of the market. You must work really hard to get back into your customers’ good books again.
Also, as has already been demonstrated on several occasions, there is the social media to contend with and the internet never forgets. To ensure you do find your business in this rather unfavourable position, it is best to automate your factories operations.
Consistency and Quality Control
The one thing automation ensures is that products are consistent with good quality. That takes care of recall and repair issues. With advancements made in robotics and artificial intelligence, errors resulting in recall or products should be a thing of the past.
This is especially possible with the likelihood of fully automated processes that will be able to catch and correct any errors in the manufacturing process. The possibility of contamination of food and beverages, for instance, will be greatly reduced and disease outbreaks will be unheard of.
Reduction of Basic Expenses
Machines do not need lights to see as they have inbuilt sensors. In addition, they do not need heat. You will, therefore, have no need for the huge energy bills you pay for lighting and AC as there will be hardly any humans on the production floor.
All these advancements may happen sooner than later. The expectation is that fully automated manufacturing processes will result in better and safer products for humans to use. The fear that machines will take over may be addressed by history which shows that for every new development, humans simply move on to new roles.