If you want to up the productivity of your manufacturing operation, you need to keep goods and materials moving efficiently around your facilities. One of the best ways to do this is by installing an automatic handling system and in this blog, we’ll look at what a handling system does and why they are so beneficial.
Automation in manufacturing continues to grow: more than half a million industrial robots were installed last year alone, delivering productivity and efficiency savings to manufacturers worldwide. However, to realise the maximum benefits and ensure the wellbeing of the workforce and the longevity of the machinery, it’s important any equipment is implemented safely.
We’ve written a lot about how to automate and the benefits of investing in automation - and there’s no doubt that in a competitive and fast-paced landscape, automation goes a long way towards boosting the productivity, efficiency and profitability of manufacturing operations. Yet despite this understanding manufacturers are still reluctant to make the move to a more automated production line, put off by obstacles such as high costs, lack of floor space or the overwhelm of choice. Here, we examine some of the potential barriers to automation and look at how they can be overcome.
Efficiency is a key factor in the success of any business but in food and beverage production, where price margins and regulatory compliance come to the fore, it is particularly important. So, it’s no wonder that businesses are increasingly investing in ways to improve efficiency – one of which is automation.
The adoption of effective automation has become a game-changer for manufacturers looking to work more effectively. As technology has developed, so tools have evolved that allow tasks to be carried out faster, with greater precision and less risk – helping companies to improve product quality and create safer work environments.
Energy-efficiency in manufacturing: Europack palletisers and other ways to reduce your carbon footprint
In most developed countries, manufacturing is one of the top three sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Industries including automotive, electronics, steel, cement, food production and more all contribute to emissions through energy consumption, industrial processes and waste generation - and therefore have a responsibility to take action to reduce their carbon footprint.
The skills shortage in manufacturing is well-documented and it’s not only causing significant economic impact but also limiting the industry's potential for growth and innovation. According to the UK government, 168,000 new workers are needed to enter the manufacturing sector annually up to 2024 in order to meet demand.
Manufacturers are currently facing multiple challenges with soaring expenses, changing consumer demands and increased competition all making growing and scaling a business seem like an uphill struggle.
The growth of robotics is bringing automation within reach of more and more businesses. As technology advances and costs drop, firms of all sizes are finding that robots are an accessible and affordable option that can bring real benefits to their operations.
As manufacturers face growing customer demands, rising costs and squeezed margins, they’re increasingly searching for ways to improve their processes and set themselves apart from the competition.