Automation for
Manufacturing


What is Automation in the Manufacturing Industry?

For decades the manufacturing industry has used robots to assemble and package their products. The Industrial Revolution allowed companies to produce products with a higher degree of quality while reducing the physical labor needed to produce those outputs.

Automation now offers manufacturers the ability to automate not just the physical production line, but streamline the complex back-office operations such as payment processing, vendor management, accounting, and inventory management.

Automation Use Cases for Manufacturing

The following are three of the top applications of automation in Manufacturing:

  • Inventory Management
    Effectively managing inventory is critical in any manufacturing business. Automation can help monitor inventory, provide internal notifications when inventory levels fall too low, and even reorder supplies with minimal human effort – all of which improve supply chain efficiencies.

  • Invoice Processing
    Most manufacturing companies have dozens of relationships with vendors which take an incredible amount of human labor to effectively manage. Automation can quickly extract data from invoices, apply Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence, and then act along rules designed to process invoices and even automate the vendor payment process.

Automation Benefits in Manufacturing

  • Reducing Stress Across Your Organization
    The manufacturing industry is plagued by one of the highest turnover rates of any U.S. industry. A recent study found that two in every five manufacturing companies have a turnover rate of over 20%. Implementing a strong automation plan can reduce the number and hours of manual tasks your workforce is completing while improving employee morale.

  • Improve Workplace Safety
    One of the strongest use cases for automation in manufacturing is to help improve safety in the workplace. Many safety protocols reside in different software systems – automation can facilitate communications across all software platforms, creating a central location for safety notications to live as well as creating a well-documented safety protocol record.