- Micha Rüegger
Call it what you want - Smart Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing or Industry 4.0 - the goal is a faster, smarter and better way to work. The trend towards Industry 4.0 aims to change the way companies work by integrating automation and simpler data exchange technologies. But what does that actually mean? Should you invest in software automation, robotics or both? What is the difference?
Machines - the ideal employees, right?
Let's be honest, humans will never be able to compete with the productivity and efficiency of machines. Robots offer something that people cannot afford: accuracy, unrestricted consistency, and unlimited performance. They perform the exact same movements millions of times, without deviations, complaints or mistakes. In addition, they do not take sick days or even ask for a vacation.
Promote the efficiency in the workplace and the creativity of your employees
But do not worry, automation is not about displacing Philip and Franz from the CNC machine and replacing it with an ultra-productive robot. Automating repetitive, every day, or hazardous work enables your employees to focus on tasks that require know-how, adaptability, and decision-making skills. In this sense, automation ultimately drives efficiency - and not the reduction of the workforce.
So, do you need automation or robotics?
The decision to invest in automation or robotics depends on your business needs. Robots are used in the manufacturing industry to automate repetitive and consistent physical tasks. Industrial automation is about controlling physical processes using control systems and computer software designed to automate tasks within a particular industrial process.
You do not have to follow every trend
Despite advances in robotics, it still makes sense for many manufacturing companies to rely on an investment in software than to fill the production hall with mechanical laborers. Starting with a small selection of variants of a workpiece, the use of a robot is far too expensive and also limits the use of a machine. Instead, set up your workplace for the best possible workflow. With the appropriate software, you can easily monitor and support the process. The workstation can be used flexibly for other jobs and can also be quickly adapted to new conditions and jobs.
Be innovative and not naive
Do not just make a short-sighted decision to incorporate a robot into an existing process because it's just fashion. Sometimes it takes another pair of eyes from outside to see opportunities. This is where a versatile partner like the MySolutions Group can help. We are experienced in automation technology and know the latest robotics innovations, questioning assumptions and presenting new ideas with the aim of improving operations and reducing costs. If you are looking for innovative solutions, contact us soon. We help you to reach the next stage of development with tailor-made automation.