Manufacturing automation is not a new concept but it’s one experiencing rapid, unprecedented growth. According to a manufacturing study by McKinsey & Company, consumer consumption is expected to increase by $23 trillion over the next decade.
So who is responsible for driving this incredible growth in demand for manufactured goods? The answer is new markets. Across the globe, modern-day manufacturing companies are responding to this new increased demand by establishing new state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities right in the heart of new markets. These new facilities are dominated by automation. In short, each new facility is a “robotic factory” of the future.
Dominated by automated production, there are many major benefits to this new workflow too. Not only is manufacturing more cost efficient. There is greater product consistency while output doesn’t rely on an untrained workforce too.
IS MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION JUST BEING FELT IN NEW MARKETS?
The rise of manufacturing automation isn’t just being felt in new markets but established markets too. Ultimately, manufacturers have long been searching for a way to produce more goods in the most efficient, timely and cost-effective manner.
Manufacturers have needed to do this to meet increased demand but also to remain competitive with rival factory automation. Additionally, this growth is merging with another trend too. The trend is that modern-day customers demand frictionless convenience. In other words, customers want products delivered to the exact specifications advertised, and they want them now.
In direct response, established manufacturers have needed to update their workflow and embrace automated manufacturing systems. For manufacturers, making the switch means better products, greater consistency, and faster turnaround times.
FACTORY AUTOMATION AND GREENER INITIATIVES
We’ve just described the many benefits of a robotic factory but factory automation provides manufacturers something else of tremendous value. This is the obligation to go green.
To sum up, the corporate world is becoming more sensitive to environmental issues. This is something that customers are shareholders are demanding year after year. Manufacturing automation can help with this too. Within manufacturing, an automated production line decreases waste and improves productivity. In short, this is better for planet Earth.
MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION AND LABOUR SHORTAGES – A MARRIAGE MADE IN HELL?
The increased demand for consumer goods, combined with increased manufacturing automation, is occurring at the same time as a labour shortage. This manpower shortage is happening for the same reason in different economies.
In emerging markets, there is a labour gap. In other words, workforces are not adequately trained to operate new and complex manufacturing machinery of today. Similarly, established companies are realizing that their workforce isn’t trained and ready to embrace automated manufacturing systems of today and the future.
Ironically, this labour gap has forced manufacturers into even more automated production. Backed into a corner, manufacturers have needed to continue creating their products with fewer trained workers. This is all contributing to further manufacturing factory automation.
According to a recent study by Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO), 91% of the organization’s respondents will pursue further manufacturing automation in their business in the next few years. Ultimately, increased factory automation is a reality today, as it will be in the future.
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