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Published On: Mon, Jun 26th, 2017

5 Common Problems The Manufacturing Industries Are Facing: And Ways Recent Advancements May Help Mitigate Them

The manufacturing industries, ranging from the providers of top class tech tools and gadgets, to the providers of our daily household items, are key facilitators of the numerous advancements our digital age is currently experiencing.

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Though these industries seemingly always deliver quality and still make their business benefits, they often undergo a series of internal hardships we, the consumers, are rarely aware of — be it loss as a result of “slacking workers” which is causing U.S companies an estimate of  $616 million per hour in wages, or with regards to other causes that are beyond human control.

With the numerous revolutionary advancements like the 3D printing and the AVs innovation we are expected to embrace in the nearest future, however, companies could stand a chance of subduing some of these challenges, cutting down unnecessary waste and reaping much more business benefits.

Below are some of the challenges, and ways the advancements can help companies mitigate them.

  1. Mechanization

For manufacturing companies that have a lot to do with customization, prototype production, and complex designs,  the lack of the right machines to efficiently cover certain human fields has always led to a great loss in resources and a halt in productivity.

For instance, creating detailed blueprints and complex designs is often a hard task for companies, and achieving perfection in this regard is often impossible. Besides this, also, companies have to deal with creating and re-creating such complex designs, leading to a huge loss of time, a very valuable resource, a halt in productivity and excessive loss as a result of human error in creating or implementing such designs.

With the 3D printing initiative, however, a lot, if not all, of these challenges will hugely subdued — companies will have less difficulty with prototype production, cut unnecessary waste as they will attain perfection with ease, and also save lots of time that can be used to achieve other business goals. Amongst the above benefits, the 3D printing will also undoubtedly do with lesser human effort, thereby helping companies make greater business profits.

  1. Transportation of manufactured products

Products outreach to all corners of the earth is what every manufacturer yearns, as this often means more exposure and publicity for the brand and more consumers which equals more sales.

To make this possible, however, companies always have to break through the challenge of spending tons of business funds on the shipping of the products — be it through air, sea or car shipping. This often cost companies a fortune because alongside the cost of repair and maintenance of auto parts, companies also have to take into account the cost of human efforts involved.

With the AVs innovation, however, companies will be able to mitigate these costs as driverless cars will require less human effort and the cost of acquiring a reliable auto transport for shipping is likely to be much lower, too.

  1. Maximum protection for companies

With regards to human limitation when it comes to achieving perfection, companies often lose lots of business funds and still find it difficult to achieve desired end goals.

Unhappy workers cost the U.S up to $550 billion a year,” Companies lose $400 billion to Hackers a year,” — these and many more losses which arrive from human lack of efficiency and perfection, are all problems that will easily be tackled once automation is globally adopted.

  1. Seamless production and efficiency

As stated in the second point, production of prototypes and complex designs is a big challenge for companies. This often causes slow production and makes companies to lag behind in projects.

With all the automation advancements, however, this seemingly won’t be the case anymore as mass production and other complex tasks will be easily handled by the machines.

In conclusion

The above pointers shows how easily the automation is likely to lessen the burden and challenges companies have been dealing with for ages; And this goes further to prove how the automation innovation may, if viewed from the same angle by companies, easily welcomed as a the future of the workforce, if it’s not already considered so.

Though machines also have their shortcomings, it’s still a great option — for instance, a code encrypted by a robot will be much more difficult for hackers to crack compared with human-encrypted codes. In the same regard, a proper maintenance and repair of worn-out parts is enough to get a machine to function efficiently, rather than having to ensure every employee is in “their best mood.”

Hence, the quicker more companies adopt the automation innovation and the quicker we, humans, seek for ways to triumph in the innovation other the downsides of it, the better for everyone.

Author: Pankaj Deb

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