The hindrance caused by the plague COVID-19 caused a shift to the digital culture as the hindrance has put all businesses and business-related operations into soup and business on a whole was shelved. While it has been a mandate for employees to work remotely from their homes, it was also important to keep businesses running. Treating this as the primary reason, industries are making themselves digitally strong not only to compensate for the loss but also to carry on the future works digitally. Manufacturers too are aligning themselves with the shift to digital culture and are giving Robotics Process Automation which is defined as the finest forms of Industry 4.0, a shot.
What is Industry 4.0 solution?
Gavin Mee, the managing directors of UiPath in the United Kingdom and Ireland, speaks highly of the presence of automation in manufacturing. Tasks like inventory management can be managed by robots whilst employees can direct their focus on value-added activities.
Benefits of employing Automation in Manufacturing and Supply Chain
Manufacturers are largely realising the potential automation technology perspires and the multifarious ways in which they can help the manufacturing industry to grow. Listed below are certain benefits of the same:
- Automation driven gadgets are error-free and thus can be relied upon to handle a huge amount of data without mistakes. Hence, if given the job of the back office to deal with customers and invoices, automation-driven approaches can prove promising.
- They can function tirelessly all day which shows that they can surpass human energy.
Emphasizing the fact that Robotic Process Automation is transforming the supply- chain management
Robotic Process Automation also abbreviated as RPA is admired as the most critical innovation under Industry 4.0. Robotics automation is well- known for bridging the gap between digital and physical. It is precisely an invasion in the traditional methods the manufacturing industry adhered to and RPA is emerging as the knight in shining armour for manufacturers and supply chain management on a whole as it successfully escalates the productivity of the workplace by dwindling incredible pressures on employees while maintaining the cost efficiencies. According to UiPath, the integration of RPA has helped manufacturing companies to save 20% of cost savings across various touchpoints.
What are the different kinds of automation being employed in the manufacturing realm?
Three types of different automation are mostly rising in fame:
- Fixed automation: fixed automation runs on equipment configuration. Many individual processes are aggregated to form one complex integration system.
- Programmable automation: the equipment in programmable operations is designed in such a manner that it can alter the sequence of operations through programmable logic computer
Programmable Logic Computer also abbreviated as PLC is known as an industrial computer that is integrated mainly for boosting manufacturing processes. This is installed for activities requiring high reliability and ease of programming.
- Flexible automation is better understood as an extension of programmable automation. Owing to its flexible nature, this type of automation preferably produces products of various kinds than producing products in batches.
Probable and Possible Challenges posed by Robotics Process Automation
Despite holding the promising potential to revolutionise the manufacturing industry and supply management chain as a whole, Robotics Process Automation poses certain challenges.
It has always been noticed that advanced technologies tend to trigger anxieties in the employees. The literacy about constant advancements being made in the domain of technology has to be kept updated to cope up with digitalisation.
One important challenge with the integration of RPA in manufacturing and supply chain can be the numerous complexities. In the initial stages of incorporation of RPA in the manufacturing system, employees may fail to grasp the operations, feeling uncomfortable and lost.
To solve this issue, experts suggest taking employees on a tour of understanding automation from a very basic level. The apprehension and anxiety about a new technology last only till the time its potential is fully realised and absorbed.
On understanding automation and specifically RPA, employees will start to etch their beliefs in them as the employees will eventually be liberated of the unnecessary pressures that are created.