What is Automation?
The process in which human intervention is minimised and technology is used instead is called automation. There are business-specific types of automation such as business process automation, IT automation, marketing automation and industrial automation.
It is now an established fact that automation is re-defining the way companies function. There is a whole lot of companies in the heavy industry sector which is still taking baby steps in harnessing the benefits of automation.
Why should companies opt for automation?
- A great customer experience
- The employees will experience improved work culture.
- It gives a competitive edge to the companies.
- Gives economic benefits
- Reduces errors
- Improves quality
- Enhances productivity
Where does automation work best?
It has been researched and revealed that non-physical core processes have a far better potential for automation.
Why is it so?
Collection, processing and analysis of data is usually categorised as non-physical processes and has better scope for automation because of the reasons listed below.
Repetitive work in any industry should be automated. These may include data entry or verification of a system in place. Automation will help the company to lower the risks involving the safety and health of its people.
Steps to automation
Heavy engineering firms have distinct field and technology teams. Both teams have to be brought to a common ground to be able to go ahead with automation.
It is imperative to trust and embrace digital technology. There may be a section of workers who prefer human involvement over digital tools. They have to be explained about the advantages.
The workers have to be reskilled and must be reassigned to more challenging activities.
Important aspects – at a glance
- People and technology must work hand in hand for automation to show results in business.
- The pace of automation will be different for different sectors.
- The cost of technology and the development of technological capabilities will be the key factors that will dictate the spread of automation in industries.
Propel Industries has been using automation for predictive maintenance and this is saving us many a trouble and keeping our customers happy.
In the words of Mr. V. Senthilkumar, managing director, Propel Industries, “The incorporation of technology in the features of crushing and screening plants and its increased usage is fuelling the market growth in this sector. Automation in the mining and construction industry is also a key factor in propelling the industry growth.”
As a team, we firmly believe that automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning is going to further escalate our growth in the market.