Since its inception, robotic automation has continued to find its way into various areas in manufacturing. While robots are being used to perform various tasks such as welding, shipping, assembly, handling of raw materials, and packaging products, many late adopters are usually faced with different questions such as the cost of automation, whether robots are ideal for small businesses, and the complexity of programming and operating the robots.
Over the years, robotic automation has been used across various industries and by many different types of manufacturing businesses. If you are a small company wondering whether to automate your production processes by introducing robots into the workspace, read on as we look at some of the major advantages that you stand to benefit in so doing.
Advantages of Robotic Automation in Manufacturing Industries
While most robots are used in high production and high volume environments, the beauty of them is that they can easily be scaled down to be used in small and growing businesses. Modern manufacturing robots can be used in low and medium-volume manufacturing settings.
This has been made possible by the recent technological advancements that have enabled robots to be easily programmed and set up for new tasks quickly. Also, most manufacturing robots are designed with a mobile base making them easy to be used in different areas of manufacturing processes. All they need is to be reprogrammed to take on a new task.
Saves Time and Money
As compared to the traditional robots which were expensive to maintain and required large floor spaces, today, robots have revolutionized. Today, robots can be installed in less time and the cost is much less as compared to preceding years. The ability of manufacturing robots to operate 24/7 without taking any breaks or asking for sick leaves has enabled many manufacturing industries to save on time while increasing their production levels.
Robots have also helped many businesses save on money that would have otherwise been used to cater for employee fatalities in the workplace. This is because most of the hazardous tasks that pose a danger to human beings have been delegated to robots making the workplace much safer.
Easy to Program
Initially, businesses needed to employ an operator to program the robots as the process was a complex one. However, modern robots can be easily programmed through offline programming where a complete cell model is programmed to perform a sequence of moves required to perform a task.
Also, the robots can be taught how to perform tasks by using a teach pendant. In this method, a programmer guides the robot through various steps, he then fine-tunes the instructions and they are then stored. After several trials where the robot is made to run slowly through a program to see if it can detect and avoid collisions with objects and other humans, the robot can now be set to operate at high speeds.
Creation of More Jobs
When companies started to automate their production processes by incorporating robots, many people thought and they still think that with time, robots are going to replace them completely in the workplace. However, this is far from the truth. The truth of the matter is that robotic automation has not only made the workplace safer but they have also led to the creation of more jobs.
Operators, programmers, engineers, data analysts, end-effector designers, system integrators, and robot manufacturers are some of the jobs that robotic automation has created. Also, in the workplace, humans work alongside these robots, as robots need humans to regularly service them.
It is no secret that most manufacturers continue to enjoy the growth opportunities that come with robotic automation. As such, businesses continue to save on costs, remain competitive, and enhance their production.
There is a high return on investments with robotic automation, since profits increase with the high-quality level of productions. If you were having second thoughts on whether to automate your production processes through the introduction of robots, we hope that this article will help clear your mind.