Consumers today are more aware and discerning in their selection of products. This places higher demands on companies and manufacturers to be more efficient in their product labelling and deliver better quality in less time, all while leaving a smaller footprint. Can automated production be the solution? Filip Boman, Technical Salesperson at ACP, helps clear up some of the most common questions.
What does automated production entail?
Basically, you could say that it entails streamlining a process. For product labelling in the printing industry, this can mean everything from ready-mixed inks and setting up procedures for minimising stoppage times, to building fully automatic solutions including printing and mounting of products which basically take care of themselves completely.
What are the advantages of fully-automated production?
- Increased productivity and reduced costs associated with work which would otherwise have been performed manually. By controlling the production more precisely, and by reducing assembly and setup times, the rate of production improves, resulting in a consistent and more efficient production process.
- Because automated production is precisely automated, there is a very low risk of human error, as the automation takes care of itself.
- This results in improved product quality. This does not necessarily exclude all humans from the process because a degree of monitoring of the production is still needed to some extent.
- Automated production also results in increased safety. Relieving human operators from tasks that involve hard physical labour reduces occupational injuries.
Is automated production for everyone?
Yes, absolutely. It’s just a matter of finding the right level of automation for what is reasonable and efficient in your production. Making production more automated does not just mean industrial robots and fully automatic solutions including printing and mounting of products, but as mentioned can also mean a small addition to an existing machine, or small adjustments that result in more efficient production, for example, through ready-mixed ink.
What does it cost to automate your production?
The cost reflects the need. As mentioned, you can make simple and effective changes that don’t cost the Earth. But the higher volume, the greater need you might have for more comprehensive automation. In which case the initial outlay will of course be higher, but it’ll pay for itself in the long run.
Do you have any more questions? You are welcome to get in touch and we will happily explain more about how we can automate your production.