What is the impact does automation have on the industry for the future?
Currently, automation is not as prevelent in many 3/4th party logistics company as mentioned within the hype of our media. Yet, it is essential that we (working within the field) learn how to adapt and use this new tool (efficiently-more than Six Sigma/Kaizon). Supply Chain incorporates many aspects in the field-for example, Human Resources is changing with screening using Everify. Yet, as employers we need solutions to qualify these individuals and same our payroll cost. In terms of employers, we LOVE the idea of automation in terms of errors, accuracy and 24 work flow. Although, the cost is enourmous and the maintenance can decrease production. Employees are fearful that auttomation will take their income (jobs). If employees are trained on how to use technology throught CAD or certificates it can great a better opportunity. With education and technology, we can hel the employer with other short-term ways to improve this current technolgy. Technoloy is a source in which the business or employee can leverage to be more efficient and productive.
Automation will enable our indutries to grow and become more innovative in the future. Automation will replace non-value added repetative tasks such as dimensional measurements and remove differences in perception through standardization such as in advanced vision technologies. Automation makes our jobs safer by working in hazard filled work spaces. By doing these things our artfull and experienced workforce will be enabled to develop new manufacturing paradyms and ecosystems. Examples would include the utilization of skilled machinists to develop new tooling, programs, and workflows that would increase quality and throughput across an organization creating an ecosystem of manufacturing excellence. Others would include the automation of simple assembly while focusing on the innovation of component manufacture through 3D printing or advanced materials processing. Automation will be in the future what the flexible manufacturing worker was of the past.