Increasing automation in the manufacturing sector

By John Cleary

Increasing automation in the manufacturing sector

Britain is the eighth largest industrial nation in the world. In 2017, 2.7 million people were employed in the manufacturing industry and it was responsible for over ten per cent of the UK’s total economic output. To keep up with demand, it’s important the manufacturing sector can evolve to keep up with an increasingly technological world. One way this is possible is by increasing automation.

What does automation mean for manufacturing?

To work at your most efficient, it can be effective to automate certain tasks or processes within your organisation. In manufacturing, a lot of processes and operations are complex, tedious, and labour-intensive. Automation means leaving these tasks to the machines and technology, freeing up your workforce.

When increasing automation in manufacturing, you want to strive for interoperability. To oversee processes you want an application that is compatible with all your existing tech. If you have numerous machines performing individual tasks, you want one interface that can update you on all operations.

What can automation do for you?

Automation provides levels of precision and consistency that can never be guaranteed with tasks carried out by humans. The technology lays out a specific process that is never faltered from and is able to be repeated over and over again. As a result, it will also offer you higher productivity. Machines offer a higher uptime. If you imagine most employees may start and end the working day slower, with a few more productive hours in the middle. Machines are either on or off, working or not, so if they are on you know the job is operating as best as possible.

Automation also makes for improved safety as you are removing the risk of injury from your staff by leaving complex and difficult tasks up to machines. You remove tedious and repetitive jobs from your staff’s workloads, meaning they can put their focus elsewhere and enjoy the working day more.

An application to automate all your processes will offer priceless insight into how your operation is running. You can keep on top of productivity and efficiency to ensure you are functioning in the best way. You will be able to see where it is possible to reduce labour costs and expand your organisation’s automation. It is all well and good having lots of individual automated processes, but you want one place that will allow you to ensure all these processes are working harmoniously alongside one another.

Important to remember

When implementing automation, it is important you know when to say ‘no’. Not everything will lend itself to automation and you don’t want to take it too far by expecting too much. You also want to always prepare for the worst. At the end of the day, you are putting trust into technology and machines, and accidents do happen. Systems can break without warning, so you want to ensure operations don’t stop cold if something goes wrong.

You want to make sure, above all else, that your applications are easy to implement and use. Automating your process should make things simpler, and this should start from when you first introduce the tools. You don’t want applications that are hard to operate because you will be the only person able to use it. It is worth thinking about user experience and planning for any future developments.

At Createk, we understand that implementing automation is an extremely personal process. That is why we offer bespoke applications to provide you with the tools your operation needs to be as efficient as possible. If you have any questions about our services or want to learn more about what we offer, contact us on 0330 995 0685.

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