Robots can now automate more tasks than ever before. From weighing powders to batch processing, robotic systems deliver cost savings, productivity gains, health and safety improvements and much more.
Robotics and automation: a measure of success
There is a misconception that manufacturers don’t need to automate, a mindset that certainly exists in some of the UK’s more traditional manufacturing districts. We are now operating in an era that has turned manufacturing as we know it on its head and it’s time that tradition meets with innovation, as we continue to see a shift in production trends that will best position the UK to compete.
More and more robotics and automation are featuring in upstream processing applications that might traditionally have been undertaken manually. The reasons? There are many. Though if we focus upon those considerations that a manufacturer must factor into a production facility so that they might meet demand, address health and safety considerations, attain a consistent level of product quality expected by their customer and the consumer and remain competitive, there is a lot to consider.
Many benefits can be achieved through the adoption of robotics, some aligned with the aforementioned considerations; the question is how we factor that technology into an existing operational footprint. Is it easy to do?
The FMCG and food and beverage sectors are synonymous with materials handling functionalities that include weighing, measuring and batch processing. All require a consistent level of accuracy and repeatability. The quality of this type of handling exercise is paramount to the integrity of the finished product. If anything were to go wrong, costly recalls, expensive periods of downtime, even operator health can be compromised, certainly so when those materials include powders and chemicals, both of which exist within production facilities that make bread, or personal care products such as shampoo and conditioner. However, these risks can all be mitigated through robotic process automation.
As the skilled labour pool shrinks, and the cost of both training and retaining entry-level personnel within such applications becomes increasingly challenging, manufacturers are recognising and benefitting from the advantages that automation affords; productivity gains, enhanced and consistent product quality, health and safety benefits and cost savings. That’s not to say for one moment that robots shall eventually attend to all manual tasks within a production facility. Let the robots undertake the tedious, unergonomic tasks commonly associated with work-related illness and injury, whilst those operatives are removed from those unergonomic working conditions and upskilled in other areas of the business, adding value, using their skills and experience.
Robotics and automation are future-proofing operations across the UK as we speak, providing a means to lean manufacture according to changing consumer trends and demands.
Join KUKA UK and OAL as the two discuss just how novel robotic applications are diversifying material handling and processing, delivering a multitude of advantages as manufacturers discover the benefits of robotic automation in novel applications.
- Title: Novel Robotic Applications for Material Handling & Processing
- Date: Tuesday 23rd March 2021
- Time: 2:00 pm GMT
- To register your place for this free online event, click here.