Striking the right balance: from purely manual to fully automatic
Increased efficiency, lower costs and process optimization – the positive features of industrial automation are always accompanied by fear of losing one’s job. Which means we must be discriminating in our approach: What degree of intralogistics automation is sensible and justifiable for my business? We envisage different levels of expansion, from the innovative, manual warehouse to full automation controlled by artificial intelligence.
The call for automation and what can actually be achieved
The manufacturing industry in Europe is facing increasing challenges such as cost pressure, a shortage of qualified personnel caused by an increasingly ageing population, and rapidly changing demands. This requires flexible and efficient production processes. So it is hardly surprising that manufacturing companies are increasingly looking at automation projects. But what does the automation of intralogistics mean for individual companies and what is the impact on employees? Do the economic benefits of automation always come at the expense of jobs? Our answer is no! Automation in intralogistics brings many opportunities.
One aim of automation is to pay more attention to employees’ skills and make the most of them. Monotonous, physically strenuous, or dangerous tasks can be done by machines instead. This relieves the strain on the individual, who can then be deployed elsewhere to generate value. Automation changes our daily work but does not replace it.
Another aim of automation in intralogistics is to improve efficiency and lower costs. Automation can increase quality, process reliability, and production speed. This in turn helps manufacturing companies stay competitive, and also lets them work and generate value in Europe.