Automation is utilized in many processes of today’s manufacturing sector. Many factories that are creating components and parts for a variety of industries have some type of the process automated. Robots are often used in more hazardous applications or in extremely repetitive actions that can be ergonomically problematic for human workers.
1. Decreased Overhead Costs – When a manufacturing company adds some element of automation into its production or fabrication of products, the competitive advantage is increased for the company. Through automation, the company will be able to reduce costs through elimination of staff and an increase in productivity (many robots can run 24/7). However, it is important to note that many automated systems and equipment are expensive, so these additional costs will have to be compared to the overall reduction of cost in the long run.
2. Increased Productivity – As mentioned above, many automated systems can work long hours, into the night and on weekends, which provides an overall increase in productivity. This increase in productivity, although beneficial, may be slowed by other non-automated factors, such as product finishing, final packaging, and shipping. A cost comparison of skilled workers versus an automated system with all the factors from start to finish is the best analysis to determine if increased productivity can offset any human staff-related costs.
3. Consistency, Reliability, and Accuracy – Automated equipment and robotics can manufacture and continually repeat consistent final product results. The addition of automation eliminates the common issue of human error that may detract from the overall quality of production. Manufacturing processes can be carefully regulated and manipulated in order to maintain overall quality. This is a key advantage of automated equipment—the human error element is greatly reduced providing assurance that parts and components will be of consistent high quality.
4. High Volume Production – Automation is a valuable resource when a manufacturer is producing high volumes of components or parts. However, it isn’t very useful for lower volume production, as the expense for tooling and operating the machines can often outweigh the overall cost of the finished product.
5. Increase in Safety – The use of robotics and automated equipment is an effective way to prevent worker injuries. Many of today’s automated production devices keep workers a safe distance from the more hazardous areas of work. Human staff is still needed to operate and program the equipment, but the actual hands-on work is left to the machine, protecting the health and safety of staff. In addition, robots are able to work in extreme environments such as very hot or cold areas of a manufacturing plant. This allows workers to be free of additional harm from elements harmful to humans.
Today’s manufacturing incorporates the skills of trained workers with the precision of automated equipment and robotics. This combination of automation and a skilled work force provides a strong operational base for North American companies to be competitive both here and overseas.
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Inventory management is a good practice for any company. If you are not keeping a watchful eye on your inventory or counting stock regularly, you are setting yourself up for potential inventory errors and challenges. Proper inventory management really can make or break your business! Keep the following benefits in mind as you weigh the cost of not implementing an inventory management strategy:
1. A good inventory management strategy improves the accuracy of inventory orders.
Proper inventory management helps you figure out exactly how much inventory you need to have on-hand. This will help prevent product shortages and allow you to keep just enough inventories without having too much in the warehouse.
2. A good inventory management strategy leads to a more organized warehouse.
A good inventory management strategy supports an organized warehouse. If your warehouse is not organized, you will have a hard time managing your inventory. Many companies choose to optimize their warehouses by putting the highest selling products together and in easily accessible places in the warehouse. This, in turn, helps speed up the order fulfillment process and keeps customers happy.
3. A good inventory management strategy helps save time and money.
Inventory management can have real time and monetary benefits. By keeping track of which products you have on-hand or ordered, you save yourself the effort of having to do an inventory recount to ensure your records are accurate. A good inventory management strategy also helps you save money that could otherwise be wasted on slow-moving products.
4. A good inventory management strategy increases efficiency and productivity.
Inventory management devices, such as barcode scanners and inventory management software, can help drastically improve your efficiency and productivity. These devices will help eliminate manual processes so your employees can focus on other – more important – areas of the business.
5. A good inventory management strategy keeps your customers coming back for more.
It’s a fact that good inventory management leads to what you are constantly striving for – repeat customers. If you want your hard-earned customers to come back for your products and services, you need to be able to meet customer demand quickly. Inventory management helps you meet this demand by allowing you to have the right products on-hand as soon as your customers need them.
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What is Product Assembly and Packaging Outsourcing?
Every company that manufactures goods for sale requires the assembly and packaging of its products. When the assembly and or packaging workload becomes too great for onsite employees or equipment, they turn to professional product assembly and packaging experts for prompt and reliable order fulfillment.
The primary advantages to outsourcing assembly and or packaging projects:
• Client ability and preference to increase or decrease internal production resources.
• Free up your production resources to focus on the projects you really want to accomplish. Capacity for growth is realized.
• Every aspect of your job is 100% inspected per your requirements.
• Every job is completed and delivered on or before schedule.
• Competitive pricing resulting in more stable budgets with predictable project planning and completion.
• Improved product quality is one of the most prominent benefits of employees are free to engage in the more important tasks involved in their role in the business. Projects are completed more quickly and accurately while the budget remains low and controllable.
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What is it?
Stretch wrapping is stretchable plastic film that is wrapped around a load of products allowing it to be stretched; this elasticity holds the load tightly together.
Shrink Wrapping is covered loosely around a product or load & it shrinks tightly when heat is applied.
What is it made from?
Most commonly made from polyethylene plastics. Most commonly made from polyolefin plastics.
What is it used for?
This type of wrapping is usually employed to hold loads and products together on a pallet for transportation or storage purposes. Stretch wrap can come in a variety of specialty films. Some examples are: UV stretch wrap, vented pallet wrap, anti-static stretch film, colored stretch film, pre-stretched stretch film, etc.
This type of wrapping is usually employed to protect a single product from dust or weather; or to tightly combine smaller items together. It can also wrap products together on a pallet; but is less common. This wrapping is widely used for covering foods; for example, cheese, meats and vegetables.
What are the advantages?
Protective- This wrapping is secure and protects products from dust and moisture. It can also protect from sun with UV film options.
Cost Effective Stretch wrap is less expensive than other types of pallet wrapping. Additionally the equipment needed for stretch wrapping is cheaper than other forms of wrapping.
Adaptable Stretch wrap has a variety of films to suit each application; and it is even appropriate for different types of surfaces.
Protective – Shrink wrap is great for protecting products from weather or moisture damage along with dust and dirt.
No surface damage – If shrink wrapping has been properly applied you should have no issues with chafing or damage during transportation or whilst being stored.
Breath-ability- Shrink wrap has the option of being ventilated; therefore reducing any damage that can occur from moisture.
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