Throughout modern history machines have been developed to aid human progress. Since the dawn of the modern era shortly after the Italian Renaissance machines were developed with increasing complexity. Through the Industrial Revolution and today machinery has pervaded every facet of human existence. From our handheld smart phones to large automated machines that can literally build products such as cars, tools and household goods, machines have propelled humanity into an age of prosperity.
Starting in the 1980s, large automation started to emerge in the workplace, starting with the automotive sector. As large automotive manufacturers employed robots, machinery, technology and software to complete welding and painting operations productivity within automotive plants soared. This productivity also equated to reduced costs associated with large human labor issues from the past. New machines are able to produce products faster, with less error and better consistency than their human counterparts. By being more efficient these machines have provided cost savings for businesses and kept them competitive in tough markets. When producing an item usually and historically the most expensive portion is the cost of human labor. If a company at any point can reduce these costs, their end product can be sold more competitively enabling a greater consumer purchasing power.
Increasing Production Time
Sometimes the most limiting factor in product manufacture is the time it takes to produce an item from natural resource materials to finished product. Development of machines over time with ever-increasing complexity and inclusion of computerization in design have allowed machinery to become more efficient at producing various products. Although the perception in the United States is that manufacturing within the US has decreased, in over a 60-year period productivity has actually increased in manufacturing by almost 4% every year. Manufacturing also accounts for over $2 trillion of the US’s gross domestic product (GDP) as it does with China, Europe and $1 trillion in Japan. This continued increase in manufacturing has been possible through increased productivity mainly through the introduction of complex machinery that enables consistent gains in productivity.
The Future of Manufacturing
Robotics has seen a place in worldwide manufacturing since 1961 when the first robot was used at a General Motors automotive factory. The introduction of the Roomba, an autonomous floor vacuuming robot, gave consumers a taste of increased productivity through the use of robotic machinery. Machines in the industry have become more complex as computing power and storage have exponentially grown to allow for even more complex programming and software options. By enabling the most complex features production costs will continue to fall and more complex machines will be seen in more industries than just automotive. In fact these machines and robots could be seen in professional settings, consumer settings and even in your household.
As a business owner looking to reduce your overall production and manufacturing costs ensuring that your machinery is the most up-to-date to provide reduce production costs while at the same time increasing your production rate can ensure the longevity of your company. One of the ways machinery has helped many manufacturing companies is by using proper CNC prototyping services that can greatly increase the speed of getting a product to market. Ensuring the future of your company can be as easy as installing new machinery enabling efficiencies within production and ensuring long-term growth.