Digital manufacturing has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Consumers expect to be able to buy anything online, have same day or next-day delivery, and access 5-star customer support. It goes without saying that this comes with many challenges for manufacturers who need to reimagine their processes and adapt to the post-Covid-19 world.
Simply put, digital manufacturing is making use of data analytics and smart technologies to manufacture, market, and distribute products in the most effective way. From e-commerce platforms, accounting tools, and shipping apps, to CRM systems, MRP software, and project management tools.
But how exactly can automating processes help manufacturers thrive? There are numerous benefits to discuss.
1. Improved productivity rates
With the help of technology you can execute and streamline tasks more efficiently compared to manual labor and can operate continuously until planned maintenance, which surpasses previous production levels.
2. Lower operating and labor costs
Automated machines can replace manual operations and the labor costs that come with them through efficient systems that focus on delivering controlled and accurate movements.
3. Better safety levels
Workplace injuries happen due to human errors when performing dangerous tasks or working in hazardous locations. Automation machines create a safer work zone for employees and reduce the risk of injuries.
4. Faster ROI
Reduced lead times, lower operating costs and improved output, lead to achieving a faster return on investment (ROI).
5. Improved quality
Robotics can manufacture finished goods at the same quality, each time with less variability and better quality control.
Automated machines and software can be reprogrammed to “learn” and adapt to the market’s demand.
7. Reduced lead times
With the help of automation and improved in-house processing control, you minimize the time between orders and delivery to your customers.
8. Reduced environmental impact
Manufacturing automation helps to reduce your carbon footprint, through streamlined processes, reducing waste and occupying less space.
9. Stay focused on growing your business
Automated manufacturing systems allow you to create a master production schedule, monitor floor-level production, and automatically manage inventory levels. This means you have more time to focus on what really matters: growing your business.
Automating production is not an easy task. It requires a strong strategy, resources, and adaptation. Its benefits, however, outweigh any potential challenges, as it brings higher quality products, boosted productivity, more sales and an improved bottom line. It’s the edge you need to make informed decisions, optimize business operations, and stay ahead of your competitors.
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