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AutomationinManufacturing
PostedonSeptember18,2013byBritneyBlue(Payne)

Inthepast20years,technologyhaschangedthenatureofmanufacturing.Intheolddays,
manufacturingandfabricationwerealldonebyhandbypeople.Nowthatcomputersand
technologyhavepenetratedtheindustry,automationhasbecomethecompetitiveadvantagein
todaysmanufacturingworld.Automationhasallowedforcompaniestomassproduceproducts
atoutstandingspeedsandwithgreatrepeatabilityandquality.Automationhasbecomea
determiningfactorinwhetherornotacompanywillremaincompetitivewithinthemanufacturing
industry.Althoughautomationisconstantlysettingthestandardsfortheindustryandhasmany
advantages,therearealsosomenegativeaspectsaboutautomation.
AutomationAdvantages
Reductioninproductiontimehavingamachinethatisautomateddefinitelyspeedsupthe
productiontimesincenothinkingisneededbythemachine,thereisbetterrepeatability,
andlesshumanerror.
Increaseinaccuracyandrepeatabilitywhenanautomatedmachineisprogrammedto
performataskoverandoveragain,theaccuracyandrepeatabilitycomparedtoan
employeeisfargreater.
Lesshumanerrornooneisperfect,andweareallpronetomakingmistakes.Whichis
whyamachinethatperformsrepeatedtasksislesslikelytomakemistakesthanan
employee.
Lessemployeecostsbyaddingautomatedmachinestoanoperation,meansless
employeesareneededtogetthejobdone.Italsoindicateslesssafetyissues,whichleads
tofinancialsavings.Withhavinglessemployees,therearenumerouscoststhatare
diminishedorreducedsuchaspayroll,benefits,sickdays,etcetera.
Increasedsafetyhavingautomatedmachinesmeanshavinglessemployeeswho
performtasksthatcanbedangerousandpronetoinjury,whichcanmakethework
environmentsafer.
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Highervolumeproductioninvestinginautomatedequipmentcreatesavaluableresource
forlargeproductionvolumes,whichinturn,willincreaseprofitability.
AutomationDisadvantages
Lessversatilitybyhavingamachinethatcanperformacertaintasklimitstothe
flexibilityandvarietyoftasksthatanemployeecoulddo.
Morepollutiondifferenttypesofmachinesoperateusingmotorwhichmayrequiregases
orchemicalsinordertooperate.Thiscancauseanincreaseinpollutionintheworkplace.
Largeinitialinvestmentautomatedmachinescanbeoneofthemostcostlyoperating
costsforacompany.Withautomatedmachinesrunninganywherebetweenthousandsand
millionsofdollarsdependingonthetypeanddegreeofautomation.
Increaseinunemploymentbyincreasingtheamountofautomation,thereareless
employeesrequiredcausinghighunemploymentrates.
Unpredictablecoststherecanbeseveralunpredictablecoststhatmayexceedtheactual
costsavedbytheautomationitself.Someofthesecostscouldincluderesearchand
developmentcostsofautomatingaprocess,preventativemaintenancecosts,andthecost
oftrainingemployeestooperateautomatedmachines.
Whileautomationhasbecomearesourceforremainingcompetitiveinthemanufacturing
industry,therearedefinitelysomefactorstobeconsideredinordertobecompetitiveandtoget
areturnontheinvestment.Dependingontheoperations,automationmayormaynotbea
goodfit.Ifitisasmalloperationwithlowproductionquantities,theinitialinvestmentof
purchasinganautomatedmachinewouldnotbeeconomical.Ontheotherhand,iftheoperation
hasalargerfacilitywithmanyemployeesontheshopfloortwofabricatemediumtolargeruns,
automatedmachineswouldbebettersuited.
HereatVistaIndustrialProducts,Inc.,wehavehadtheopportunitytoinvestinautomationto
increaseourproductivity,repeatability,quality,andprovideshorterleadtimes.Duetothesizeof
ouroperationandstateoftheartmanufacturingfacility,automationhasbeenagreatfitforour
businessmodel.Wehaveagreatratioofautomationandemployeestocatertoourcustomers
needs.Giventhatwecanfabricatelowmix/highvolumeandhighmix/lowvolumerunsforour
customers,wehavetheflexibilityweneedtogetthejobdone.
Ifyouarelookingforacompanywithawiderangeofautomationforyourfabricationneeds,
pleasekeepusinmind.Wehaveautomationforsheetmetalpunching,forming,andmachining.
Pleasecontactustodayforaquote!
Thanksforreadingalongandstaytunedforournextblogpost!

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OwenCockburn
onMarch2,2015at1:50pmsaid:

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onJanuary5,2016at5:02pmsaid:

sameherethanksalot

Tammi
onMarch26,2015at6:50pmsaid:

Firstyousaylessimployeecostthenyousayunpredictablecostthatmakesnosense.

BritneyPayne
onMarch31,2015at10:41pmsaid:

HiTammi,
Thanksforyoucomment.Asstatedabove,automationhascostadvantagesand
disadvantages.Thecostadvantageisemployeecostssincemachinesgenerally
replaceemployees.Thereforethecostsforemployees(wages/benefits,
insurance,workmanscomp,training,etc.)isreduced.Ontheotherhand,the
costdisadvantageisthecostforR&D/testing,maintenance,andtraining
employeesonhowtousethemachine.Ihopethisclarifiesanyconfusion.

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onMay18,2015at6:42pmsaid:

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