The Significance Of Automation In Industrials

Marketing Team
Published on April 18, 2021

Business leaders have always treated automation as the much-needed disruption that is capable of changing the ways in which companies function. Research suggests that if automation is implemented in the right way, it can take up 50% of the work done across major industries and that too, without the underlying errors and repetitions. Nevertheless, companies that deal with heavy-duty manufacturing and utility services are somewhat reluctant to introduce automation in their industries and design effective deployment methods. On the other hand, capitalizing on automation could help these organizations reap innumerable benefits in terms of improving and boosting the efficiency of operations and enhancing both customer and employee experience.

Biggest Challenge In Heavy Industry

As for these industries, there two sections in which we can categorize automation. They are physical and non-physical. In physical scenarios, it is understandably the on-site operations that can be automated. The non-physical tasks that involve daily activities such as gathering historical data, confirming new sources of valuable information, and sorting and analyzing data to generate actionable insights are automated. Studies suggest that industrials benefit more by automating non-physical tasks as compared to physical ones.

Even when companies in the heavy industry look forward to automating their non-physical processes, limited scalability hampers their journey. Also, in most cases, these organizations try out technologies in breadcrumbs. Instead of focusing on improving end-to-end processes, they try one or two automation technologies at a time and gauge their outcomes. Naturally, these efforts are not steered in the desired direction thereby, leading to mismanagement of processes and added costs.

Power Of Automation

Designing a Road-Map And Executing It

Before implementing automation in the heavy industry, business leaders must have a roadmap ready that has measurable effectiveness and efficiency as its pit-stops and offers enough scope for overall improvement. Apart from the financial measures, the plan should also include KPIs for measuring risk management, return on investment, customer experience, and employee satisfaction.

Sustain Automation

In order to sustain the benefits of automation, it cannot be restricted to the project level only. There must be a cultural change in the organization where the workforce is thoroughly guided about the essentials of the technology and their application even in the rudimentary tasks. This way, an organization will be open to embracing rapid technological changes in the future and boost the flexibility of day-to-day processes.

At the start, companies do not have to necessarily acquaint themselves with a lot. Simple, yet significant steps such as design thinking, agile approaches, and full-stack development would be enough. A company can fully utilize the capabilities of automation only when it prepares itself to develop and maintain a suitable infrastructure. Besides, maintaining a steady pace of internal development for automation could prove useful in easy transformation.

Portfolio Automation Technologies

Understandably, when people think of automation in the heavy industry, it is usually robotic process automation that comes to mind. But, as per statistics, organizations that have varied portfolios for automation technologies are the most successful. Had it not been for the uncomplicated digital tools that do not require high technological proficiency, the risks for implementing and augmenting the capabilities of automation wouldn't have been so low. Depending on both their long-term and short-term needs, companies can customize their automation solutions with the right set of tools so that it has room for incorporating changes whenever required. This will render the employees with an opportunity to delegate the tedious and repetitive tasks to automation and focus on the areas that call for human experience and expertise.