Automate Your Business – Letting Robots do the Work
Technology is one of the main drivers of growth in industries. It contributes to enterprises in two ways: lowering production cost and raising productivity. That’s why businesses look to technology to reap these benefits.
And the latest wave of technology that is transforming the workplace is robotics.
Sustained business growth entails reaching a beehive of product SKUs. This means your staff has to keep up with an ever increasing volume of orders while paying attention to the exacting consumer packing and quick shipping requirements.
This is doable but in the long run, may cause burnout and fatigue.The pressure that comes with the tasks would eventually take a toll on them.
These would eventually result in lower productivity and get things done below company standards, which ultimately affect the value of the end product.
When this happens, you may want to hire more workers to lift the burden of the current workforce. Or you could introduce machines that could take over mundane tasks in the production line.
Automate: it’s the answer!
Technology, or the use of robots, to be precise, is the solution to worker fatigue and burnout associated with repetitive and droning tasks.
This is because robots, unlike people, won’t get tired of performing the same task. Plus, they can’t do a short cut on any of the process, which compromises the quality of the final product. They’ll follow the very same process until you change or reprogram them.
Hence, we are sure that robots can uphold set standards, that would, in turn, achieve sustained customer satisfaction. Moreover, a single robot can take up the tasks assigned to multiple workers, helping you save on salaries.
At the same time, your employees can focus on looking for ways to add value to your product. Have people focus on what they are best at and robots assigned to routine tasks where they can produce a steady output.
This brings about a harmonious environment – robots complementing people in the workplace. This is way different than the bleak scenario where people are losing jobs in favour of robots. When choosing to have robots help people in your business you reap the following benefits:
1.]Make production more efficient. With robots delivering what they are programmed to, you can expect production targets to be met and delivery to be done as scheduled
2.] Meet any spike on demand for your product with ease and speed. This is especially true if your product is especially in demand for the holidays or for summer. Robots can just be programmed to produce more, unlike people who of course will get tired as they strive to produce more than the usual output.
3.] Gain full control over your labour costs and save more.
4.] Create more job opportunities by laterally expanding your business.
Overall, automation is a sure way to maintain growth. Because of standardised value, you can be sure to keep your current customers satisfied while you expand into new markets.
At the same time, you can still create jobs in areas that cannot be handled by robots i.e. marketing, public relations and product development.
So what exactly can you automate?
If you are running a business that involves moving different product units around your business or in and out of it, chances are that you’re spending a lot of time feeding information into your data system(s).
You can save that time by using an algorithm that tracks everything and feeds all the information where it is needed as soon as it is available. This is just an example of a class of business tasks that occur in a predictable environment and that you can automate.
Moreover, you can automate all positions that involve repetitive tasks. This is to do away with fatigue and boredom that people will naturally feel when doing the same task repeatedly.
We now see automation on factory floors, as robots already fulfill repetitive roles including product assembly and packaging. Good thing they are becoming ever more sophisticated by the day. A single factory robot can grasp, solder, glue, screw and even paint a component all by itself.
In the restaurants and food industry, robot waiters are gradually being adapted.
Data collection and processing
Instead of having your workforce spend a third of their time collecting and processing data using Excel spreadsheets, let digital solutions like FreshBooks and Wave Accounting do the work for you. Whether you are in retail, insurance or financial services, these accounting solutions can help you save a lot of time.
Maintaining inventory manually on spreadsheets can normally open room for human error such as underselling or overselling. With an automated inventory tracking software like Zoho Inventory or TapHunter, you can keep track of your SKUs at all times.
If you haven’t seen robotic bricklayers yet, then it’s just a matter of time before you do. These machines can hasten construction work and trim the number of construction workers needed.
So, how will a future workplace look like?
Full of automation. Robots will take up most of the rote tasks currently handled by people. But this doesn’t necessarily mean employees will lose jobs. They can be assigned to a different set of tasks that need their skills, may it be their creativity, quick thinking, and social skills.
The challenge is to bring the two, robots and people, working together in a harmonious environment.