Autonomous robotics and labor are meant to go hand in hand when it comes to achieving the desired set of overall efficiency, productivity, and risk analysis. An ideal labor-to-automation level must be defined if you want your investments to be profitable. The supply chain in any smart manufacturing industry is where this level significantly determines your outputs and return expectations. Autonomous robots have the ability to recognize and learn from their surroundings and perform accordingly. Hence, they hardly require any form of human intervention.
HOW CAN THEY IMPROVE OPERATIONAL FUNCTIONALITY & EFFICIENCY IN VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN?
With continuous improvisation in their hardware and software, including sensors, mobility, trainability, AI, as well as safety provisions, they are now capable enough to work collaboratively with humans. Their features will enable you to:
- be cost-effective in the long run;
- improve worker productivity;
- reduce defects and errors;
- evaluate and avoid risk factors;
- reduce inventory checks;
- optimize picking, sorting, and storing times; and
- Increase access to potentially dangerous zones on the site.
Here’s a brief overview of the region-wise market size forecast of autonomous robotics till 2023:
(Source: Markets & Markets mobile robots market forecast report, 2016-23)
Key attributes to consider before introducing autonomous robots into the supply chain:
You might want to ask yourself about the facilities, functionalities, IT-integrated systems, segments in the supply chain preventing complete efficiency, and strategic asset management equipment available at your site that might affect the performance of autonomous robots, if installed.
Functional areas and level of required expertise
Keeping your employees in mind, you must consider which tasks do they find are the most repetitive, low-value, hazardous, and/or time-consuming. And, on removing such mundane roles from their routine, what training is available to upgrade them for higher-level tasks.
Policies and regulations
Location of your site, regulatory bodies there, and available business model options might impact your implementation of autonomous robots too, to some extent.
Your cost of capital, foreseeable interest, and labor rates, the term of application, as well as additional infrastructure requirements must be considered, to strategically implement these autonomous robots on your site successfully.
You must provide the required training to your employees and workforce to collaborate and work spontaneously with these robots. A better communication strategy might be required for successfully running the site with workers and robots performing simultaneously and side by side.
Incorporating autonomous robots in your supply chain should comply with your company’s overall vision and strategy.
So, What Should You Do Next?
Get in touch with us for incorporating autonomous robots into your supply chain for “smarter” manufacturing, and a pre-installation capital analysis.
Remember, depending on your industry profile, investment in autonomous robots might be worth the capital, if you want to reach higher ROIs.
We at Naraiuran are committed to interpreting new trends in the market and analyze them to add value to our clients.
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