Is Your Business Prepared For The Future of Automation?
A question that comes up time and time again when talking with customers and suppliers is; ‘how are robots going to change things? The reality is, with a wide lens, robots and automation have changed things and in a way, we’re already experiencing the future of automation.
The age-old saying “if you’re not moving forwards, you’re falling back” has never been more relatable in this sense. When your competitors and suppliers are all making investments in automation and future technologies, you’re going to have to make the same moves in order to keep up.
COVID and Brexit are two of the largest catalysts in the world of automation technologies and have only accelerated the demand for them, so now is a great time to jump on board and start automating your workforce. Essential if you want to continue to grow.
And growth is essential currently as the UK continues to fall behind its European and global competitors in terms of robotic installations, quashing those rumours that robots and other automation technologies are out there to steal your job.
A recent study actually suggests that automation could replace half the global workforce. This isn’t necessarily true or the right approach to help businesses make the leap into the world of automation technologies. While there are still swathes of jobs that automation could do to protect the safety and wellbeing of human workers, it isn’t a like for like swap. Automation replaces the workforces but creates higher-skilled opportunity and offers businesses an opportunity to educate and improve their staff.
Industry 4.0 - Do You Know What it Is?
Are you a manufacturer looking to add automation to your workforce? A logistics manager looking for a way to seamlessly track all your information, or are you a managing director looking for a way to view real-time data?
If you answered yes to any of those questions then you’re already on track at becoming an industry 4.0 expert.
Undefined and up for interpretation, industry 4.0 is the next industrial revolution and is about all of those things and more. It’s about introducing an automated workforce to help drive efficiency, it’s about having easy access to data and about real-time analysis. In all honesty, industry 4.0 is about the future of automation and answering the wishes of business leaders of times gone by.
It’s not a binary thing where we wake up one Monday morning and open our curtains to Industry 4.0, it’s constantly moving and changing over time. With this evolution of automation technologies, manufacturers must maintain the same trajectory and ensure they are ahead of the curve; if not they’ll fall behind.
Talk With Automation Technology Industry Leaders
So, you’ve seen that there is a huge demand for automation; you’ve brushed up on the latest terminology and even have the best answer when someone asks you about industry 4.0. Now what?
Well, let’s talk.
No one knows automation technologies like automation technology companies and they are guaranteed to put you on the right course. From initial conversations asking ‘what can a robot do?’ or ‘what robot do I need?’ to the most specific technologically minded questions relevant to only your project, it’s all been heard before.
From the first point of contact, automation technology companies, like Bauromat, hold your hand each step of the way to ensure you’re prepared for the future of automation. Trials are available to ensure your process can be automated and optimised fully, training can be provided to educate any relevant members of staff and there’s an extensive range of automation systems ready to help you get automated and carry you into the 21st century.
How could preparing yourself for the future of automation help your business move into the next level of factory automation? Click here to read our case study on factory automation.