4 Benefits of Robotic Automation for Business Leaders

Apr 16, 2021

As a business leader, several decisions that impact the direction of your business are ultimately determined by you. Such as whether or not robotic automation will be implemented and the extent of implementation. Beyond the direct impact of automation on production managers and operators, you also benefit from automation on a broader scale. In this blog article, we elaborate on these benefits and why they are important for you.

1. Enhancing business scalability

A business becomes scalable if it has properly positioned itself to deal with increasing demands. Businesses that are not equipped to manage growing demands often experience difficulties in onboarding prospects and managing core business processes effectively. A major factor in enhancing scalability is automating processes as much as possible. This includes both on and off the shop floor. However, automating shop floor processes has a more direct impact on the scalability of manufacturing companies as robots can support workers on the shop floor. Despite the many advantages of human labour, it must be stated, that robots can be faster, especially for bigger lot sizes, and more accurate in terms of doing long-lasting and repetitive tasks. This means that the supply chain does not have to break seasonally due to lack of labour supply. Also, in pandemic times like these, companies using robots benefit a lot as the inability of a large group of employees to work on the same shop floor at a time does not affect companies here. Hence, robotic automation directly improves scalability by ensuring consistency in production all year round.

2. Creating a competitive advantage

In non-monopolistic industries, quality is one of the primary factors that enable companies to remain competitive. Therefore, as a business leader, you do not only try to build scalable businesses but also aim at maintaining optimum quality with every demand met. It is just human, that after fulfilling repetitive tasks for long hours at a fast pace, errors may occur. This means that a lower level of quality could be expected under certain conditions. By using robots for manufacturing processes, these errors can be immensely reduced, and the available workforce can be used for controlling as well as other creative tasks.

3. Overcoming the ‘lack of skilled workers’ challenge 

The shortage of skilled workers for our current and future workforce needs is an increasing challenge across various industries. Although the global population continues to rise and consequently, this leads to an increase in the demand for manufactured goods, the labour force for monotonous tasks is not increasing proportionally. This is because careers that offer more fulfilling tasks compete with jobs that offer monotonous tasks for the limited skilled labour supply. In such a case, the winning career paths are evident. The challenge is more pronounced in developed countries with clusters of several manufacturing industries. This creates the need for a more sustainable solution such as robotic automation. For you as a business leader, it is beneficial to channel the company’s limited human resources into tasks that require their cognitive abilities and use robots to perform monotonous tasks in order to overcome the challenge of lack of skilled workers.

4. Cost reduction & higher ROI

This is the most important benefit for you as every major business optimisation must be backed by a clearly defined return on investment (ROI). For most small and medium-sized businesses, robotic automation is often assumed to be too expensive to implement, especially for businesses that produce in relatively small lot sizes. However, the major cost of robotic automation lies in the cost of robot programming. No-code robotics solutions like Wandelbots tackle this by enabling the manual process experts to build a dream team with their robots without the help of external robot programmers. With Wandelbots Teaching, everyone, including the existing shop floor workers, can teach robots new skills on their own. This way, the high cost of hiring a robot programming expert is largely eliminated and you can acquire a much higher ROI. Also, using robots ensures that industrial production is maintained even in areas with high labour costs – especially for small-scale batch production as is often the case with small and medium-sized businesses.

Generally, the benefits of robotic automation for you as a business leader, are quite evident in terms of scalability, quality assurance, cost reduction, and a higher return on investment. Furthermore, improved speed on repetitive tasks done by robots creates room for improved efficiency on tasks needed to be done by humans. However, you must ensure that the manufacturing processes are automated the right way, using the right solutions. Wandelbots Teaching solution empowers everyone to work with robots, regardless of prior robotics knowledge. Once the software runs on a robot, it enables countless possibilities to operate and optimise robotic applications easily.

Wandelbots makes robotic automation easy for everyone, including business leaders. Find out how Wandelbots enables your company to automate the right way or improve your already existing automated processes – Watch a product demo now.

“The first rule of technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.”

Bill Gates

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