“It’s the end of the world as we know and I feel fine.” These lyrics from the 1980’s band R.E.M. sums up what many researchers have discovered, the increasing presence of automation is here to stay, but it won’t be all doom and gloom. In fact, many see it as a good thing. The use of innovative technologies have been proven to create more wealth and better jobs by eliminating tedious work and increasing overall productivity.
The use of automation continues to make it easier for a small business to compete with larger competitors. The use of machines for repetitive tasks makes certain jobs more efficient. The shift from the industrial age to the information age has been happening for a while, but there’s no denying that it’s accelerating faster than ever before.
Take the automated teller machine (ATM). For many of us we can’t remember the last time we went inside a bank for a simple deposit or to withdraw cash. The introduction of the ATM in the late 1960’s enabled customers to perform the same transactions without the need for a bank teller. It took decades but now there are generations of people who never stepped into a bank. The use of an ATM or online banking is all they know. As automation continues to impact every industry there will be a tremendous need for new skill sets and adaptability will be essential.
Implementing automation in the workforce provides management a chance to create new opportunities for its employees. Repetitive work is not fulfilling, and tends to cost more in the long run than an automated process. Automated technology allows people to focus on more creative, engaging work while reducing overall costs for the organization. Combining technology with purpose allows forward-thinking employers to get more out of their people. The use of small devices such of cameras, sensors on automated machinery provide a number of benefits including saved space, more flexibility, resulting in higher accuracy and quality than the human eye can provide. As the automation trend grows, companies will need to expand the use of automated systems and think outside of the box to stay ahead of its competition. It really is about finding the sweet spot so workers stay motivated and productivity doesn’t suffer.
As automated technology continues its fast-paced evolution, it is hard to say what new jobs will exist for humans in the coming decades. As automation evolves it will bring both new opportunities and challenges. Delta Technology has breadth of expertise to integrate solutions in large, small, and very small applications. They have partnerships with leading vendors to integrate robotics and automation solutions from large to very small parts. It is essential to collaborate with an industry expert that has automation expertise. By considering automation from a product’s inception, production partners can provide the building blocks needed to greatly improve time to market and quality for manufacturing needs. Let Delta Technology bridge the automation shift by bringing workers and technology together.