Repetitive tasks not only make work dull for the worker, but they can also have negative impacts on productivity and a company’s bottom line. Surveys show more than 40% of workers across industries spend at least a quarter of their work week on manual, repetitive tasks. In manufacturing, these menial undertakings often include collecting data and manual data entry. Many consider such tasks to be an inefficient use of an employee’s time considering the remarkable automation software available in today’s market.
Automation isn’t the only route to minimizing repetitive and manual tasks. Many manufacturing organizations are utilizing cutting-edge robotic technology. These programmed robots, or robot-controlled machines, use artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance an outfit’s assembly, material handling and processing capabilities. When set to work in a predictable environment, robots can handle physically demanding or monotonous jobs that can negatively impact employees, either through injury or morale. The result is significantly increased productivity and reduced labor costs.
Below are a few examples of how organizations are using technology to minimize, or even eliminate, repetitive tasks in the manufacturing industry.