Many people think of automation on a large scale, in environments such as the big three (Ford, Chrysler and GM). But automation can be added to smaller operations, in more affordable ways as well.

Factories of the future are going to be “lower touch” and more automated. They will have higher capital expenditures with a lower labor component, which will also translate to higher skills and higher paying jobs. Companies that are not currently using automation in their manufacturing processes should definitely be considering it.

The bottom line is that by automating a production facility, a shop can increase production, reduce cycle times, improve quality, reduce manufacturing lead times, create a safer workplace and become more competitive.