Since the dawn of time, mankind has sought ways to make our work easier. From the moment a hunter first used a sharp rock to cut meat from a fresh kill, we’ve focused on using technology to save ourselves time and effort. Although today’s automated manufacturing processes are a long way from stone tools, the principle behind them remains the same. Machinery and computers continue to take more off our shoulders and increase our capacity to achieve. In production facilities, warehouses and distribution centers around the world, automation plays an increasingly important role.
However, there are those who remain skeptical about the place such technology should have in our industries. They fear that robots could pose a hazard to human workers or completely replace them. It’s true that robotic equipment has decreased our dependence on manual labor to a certain extent. Yet any fears about this technology should be outweighed by the tremendous benefits it provides. The modern industrial workplace is more productive, more profitable and safer for humans, thanks to these machines.
For example, a key way automation improves the industrial environment is by doing highly dangerous and strenuous tasks. This frees manpower that can be used in other areas. Because robots can perform these jobs without tiring or becoming distracted, they also cut down on the risk of accidents and injuries. Another advantage is that managers don’t have to spend as much time supervising because they can be assured that an unwatched robot is just as productive. This means supervisors and management are able to direct their energies to other, more beneficial areas.
Despite appearances, automation is no more than just the latest in a long line of tools we use to simplify our work. For further information about the many benefits automation provides, review the accompanying guide.