Automation in the mechanization industry: how to reduce costs
With the increasing use of robots and automation technologies in machine manufacturing and maintenance, the mechanization industry has become increasingly automated in recent decades. All this contributes to the development of a wide variety of sectors, such as agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, energy production and transportation.
In recent years we have become accustomed to hearing that automation is very important and that the present and future of industries, especially mechanization, goes at the complete automation of all the processes that are carried out. However, in practical terms it is necessary to know how the automation of the mechanization industry can really help us to reduce costs in this sector dedicated to the manufacture and maintenance of machinery and equipment. Some of the more common forms include the following:
Reduction of human errors and labor costs
Automation in industry allows tasks to be performed more accurately, which decreases the likelihood of costly human errors, since automated processes are more accurate and reliable than manual ones. Being computerized processes, the existing margin of error in production is very low, so the manufacture of products will always be constant and without interruptions.
It allows people to replace tasks that require a large amount of effort, which helps to replace tasks performed by human workers with automated processes, which helps to reduce labor costs.
Automation allows you to perform tasks faster and with less effort, which increases efficiency and reduces production costs. It should be added that automated production processes work faster and more precisely than human workers, which increases productivity and reduces errors. Another aspect is the reduction of inactivity times, as it detects and corrects problems quickly.
Similarly, improve in traceability, as it facilitates better monitoring and control of the production process and products. That is why, when both efficiency and the precision of production processes are increased, production costs are reduced.
In a world where data analysis has become crucial for the development of any production process, automation allows real-time data collection and analysis, which helps companies make informed decisions and improve their performance.
Reduction of energy costs
Current indicators show that the price of energy will continue to rise in the coming years, so companies are looking for ways to cushion this impact. But automated machines and robots are able to work more efficiently than human workers, helping to reduce energy consumption. But this does not mean producing less, rather automation seeks to improve productivity and efficiency to produce the same amount using fewer energy resources, which is not only beneficial in economics, but also that our industries are respectful with the environment.
In addition, it improves production flows taking into account energy consumption. It also manages the times of use of the equipment according to consumption and the price of electricity, such as peak hours or pricing valleys. Having a system that is responsible for collecting data on what happens in our industry allows us to identify the main electricity consumption. That is when it becomes necessary to have automated processes in order to optimize flows and tasks in real time, taking into account the variable of energy consumption.
Reduced maintenance costs
Machines and automated robots are capable of working more efficiently than human workers. At the same time, they require less maintenance, which helps reduce costs in this area. In this way, fewer stops are avoided, with their consequent start-up, thanks to better preventive and predictive maintenance practices.
Inventory cost reduction
Automation allows for better tracking and control of inventory, which helps reduce costs associated with inventory. At the same time, it improves the availability of products, to be able to supply the necessary quantities at the precise moment.
By being able to perform tasks more accurately and consistently, as we have previously mentioned, automation in the machining industry promotes the quality of the final product. Automated processes can perform repetitive tasks with a high degree of precision, helping to improve product quality and reduce returns. Basically, it contributes not only to increase the production of different products, but also to make their manufacturing more homogeneous and of better quality.
Automation allows companies to quickly adapt their processes to changes in market demand, which increases the flexibility of production. And of course, this aspect facilitates the dedication of resources to creative tasks with greater added value.
With all this, we can affirm that the future of the industry can experience a moment of boom thanks to the benefits of automation, which greatly facilitate the improvement of productive capacities and with high quality standards and, therefore, increase the competitiveness of our products in the international market.
However, it is important to take into account that the automation of the mechanization industry at the beginning represents a significant investment in the industries of the sector, but in the long term with the decrease in costs and the improvements described, it is more than proven that the economic benefits increase exponentially.