Automation of production process is getting more common in the fresh produce industry. Machines are able to operate 24/7 with the same performance, speed and quality and what’s important – without any pause. Automated systems eliminate the impact of the human factor. Employees are not robots so it’s not possible to maintain the same speed and quality of work throughout the shift. Nowadays companies have trouble with access to manpower and its availability during season, therefore automation is often presented as a remedy to all problems related to the lack of labour across many segments.
- Increased performance
Automation helps to boost production and its performance. Thanks to it, manual operations are limited to minimum which gives a possibility to keep the same [high] speed during production process. Overall performance is much higher if you implement automation to your packhouse.
- Reducing costs of labour
Many factories are struggling with rising costs of labour. Implementing automation to your production process is often high-budget, even though it’s economically reasonable. Automated processes lower unit cost of the product.
- Buffering labour shortages
We observe that especially developed countries experience labour shortage due to negative natural increase. It has an indirect effect on economics. Automation can be seen as a labour substitute in this case as it resolves the problem with lack of manpower during season.
- Diminution or elimination of repetitive and exhausting manual operations
The great benefit of automation is that you can leave repetitive and exhausting manual operations to machines. This type of activity needs relatively small share of the human brain which is in favour of a purely physical contribution. Due to the high repeatability of activities during such production, it is easy to entrust them all to the machine. Automation of such tasks serves to improve the general level of working conditions.
- Improved safety for employees
Thanks to the automation of the production process, some employees can be transferred from working on the line to a supervisory role making work much safer. The safety and well-being of the employee is becoming an increasingly high priority. This provides a significant boost to process automation.
- Increased product quality
Machines can run continuously with the same speed and settings. Automation contributes to the improvement of the parameters of the production process in terms of the repeatability of the manufactured components and their compliance with the quality specification. Reducing the rate of defective products is one of the main advantages of automation.
- Reduced delivery time
Automation helps reduce time between a customer’s order and product delivery, giving the producer a competitive advantage on future orders. Due to the shortening of the production time, the producer also reduces inventory during production.
Implementing automation might be a challenge for many producers, yet this is the future of many companies from the fresh produce industry and other sectors. It gives an opportunity to deliver high quality product to end customers while maintaining operating cost at minimum level. Introducing automation to your company significantly improves your business. It makes you more competitive and flexible in fast-moving markets, as well as it increases profitability and ensures that your business is prepared for the future.