In recent times, automation seems to be taking all facets of life. From education to healthcare, security, and entertainment, automation is the one constant in all these areas. It is little wonder, then, to note that factory automation has also been growing in popularity. What is more, the trend isn’t just limited to developed countries. Third world nations are also embracing automation in the factories. At the center of this explosion is the fact that industrial complexes have embraced research. Without it, automation would probably a farfetched idea.
How has research improved factory automation? Research has boosted the following areas:
Focus on Improving Quality
Automation can’t be of much use if it doesn’t lead to improved quality. Otherwise, what will the factory have to produce in terms of a better product to consumers? The quality of the products has to be topnotch for consumers to continue buying. In this regard, research has helped firms to understand what clients’ value and prefer. Armed with this knowledge, it has then been easier for companies to focus on producing better products. Here, better mostly has everything to do with the quality. As most consumers and manufacturers know, quality trumps everything.
Improved quality doesn’t start and end with the products only. Instead, it also touches on the production or manufacturing process. In this regard, research has contributed to bettering this process too. Today, factory automation has ensured that manufacturers have access to better manufacturing tools and equipment. With this in mind, manufacturers are then able to reduce the time spent producing any product. Consequently, this has also contributed to increased efficiency in manufacturing.
Focus on Improving Safety
Research has helped manufacturers to develop better safety standards. After all, workers are unlikely to give their all when working in unsafe surroundings. Furthermore, governments have put laws in place that ensure workers’ safety remains a priority to employers. Again, none of these would be possible without research. Through research, it’s possible for employers to create the sort of ethical climates that boost workplace safety. Without it, employers would not have the knowledge necessary for the following:
- Making behavioral changes
- Instituting process changes
- Implementing knowledge-based adjustments
Anyone who is familiar with the factory settings, especially production, will tell you the important role all these factors play. All these changes are necessary for ensuring that workers feel safe at the workplace. The changes affect the workers’ mindset. They reassure the workforce that management prioritizes their health. With such knowledge, there is nothing that workers won’t or can’t do for the organization. One can’t commend research enough for enabling all these to happen.
Focus on Improving Productivity
Similarly, research has influenced factory automation by improving productivity. In many ways, one can say that improved productivity is the direct result of automation. However, you would also be right to say that automation is the result of improved productivity. Regardless, what is not in doubt is the fact that research has a hand in all these improvements. With better tools, as well as safer and more comfortable surroundings, nothing stops workers from improving their productivity to ensure the organization stays afloat.
Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that research encourages employers to invest in making their workplaces cleaner and more efficient. Often, this calls for more investments in the latest technology. At first, the technology may seem too costly. However, as time passes, returns on investment make the decision to install the latest, state-of-the-art technology worth every penny. Through technology, employers create a workplace with the right temperature, perfect indoor air quality, and amazing office design thus boosting worker happiness.
Therefore, there is little doubt regarding the role that research plays in improving factory automation. Research enables organizations to improve quality, enhance safety, and boost productivity courtesy of the automation that they introduce in the workplace. For this reason, organizations and employers that want to hire the best talent have to spare money for research. Otherwise, the new generation of workers will move elsewhere to work for employers who use automation to make the workplace better for everyone.