Automation: What’s all the fuss about?

Automation has been a trending topic for quite a while now. The first outcry started when weavers feared for their jobs as spinning mills took over Europe. The impact of these mills was tremendous as the factories ended up creating more jobs of people while simultaneously increasing productivity by more than 20 times.
In current times, automation works a little differently. Offices, shops, manufacturing units, cafes and many more industries have adopted robots to boost productivity and try to eliminate human error. While it might sound disastrous to potential job seekers it may not be all that bad.

There are quite a few advantages of an automation system:

Automation reduces the physical labor required which in the long run will reduce accidents in factories and health problems related to doing intense physical labor.

Automation technologies can successfully replace humans in dangerous works like mining, sewage cleaning and factories polluting harmful chemicals.
Production speed will be much faster and this, in turn, will make the cost of the products cheaper as lesser human involvement is required.

It leads to economic improvement and develops both the industry and the society.

There are various reasons why automation is not the answer to all our problems and some of the major hurdles faces to implement it across all industries are:

There are millions of jobs that still can’t be done by a machine no matter how much advancement there is going to be in technology.

There are a lot of jobs that still prefer human involvement rather than being done by a machine. Unless you need repetitive high volume productivity with consistency automation will not be of much help in other sectors.
The return on investment to automate a plant can only be judged once the plant runs at full capacity before judging if it was a good investment.

Author: Tanya Michael   

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