The decision to automate manufacturing processes is not easy to make. There is a multitude of factors that go into making this judgment. In many instances, automated assembly machines can help to streamline and reduce the cost of production, but this is not always the case. For some, automation can hurt business. Below, we will go over some of the advantages and disadvantages of automation, which will hopefully make it easier to make a clear decision as to whether this is the right decision.
Automated assembly systems can drastically increase the constancy of finished products. Machines can achieve precision tolerances, and they do not rest or break like human workers. The problem with this is that automated assembly systems can only make one product perfect. The ability to change and be versatile is hard with automation.
Systems can help to reduce production time. Machines can move more quickly and consistently than human counterparts, and so more can be done in a short span of time. When a system breaks down, manufacturing stops, but when a worker calls in sick their colleagues can take their spot for the day. Work will slow, but at least it will not stop.
Customizing automation systems for factories has a large initial investment, but the cost of running and producing parts is usually less than hiring human help (also less waste with machines than people, which saves money).
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