October 28, 2013
The Advantage of Automation
Imagine you are purchasing wood for the surface of a large, outdoor patio. You don’t want just any brand of lumber, however. You want to know the source of where the wood came from. Aside from its location, you want to ensure that the wood is of high quality and is built to last for your purposes.
When product information becomes automated and entered into a database, this type of consumer oversight becomes possible. In the lumber industry, this would work by including a bar code on each piece of wood. Each bar code, when scanned, would provide a consumer with detailed information about a wooden board’s journey across each point of the supply chain—from the forest to the store.
Product automation, which works through statistical process control software such as InfinityQS ProFicient, is in the process of migrating to many different industries. In the food industry, for instance, sensors are now being used to promote efficient, sustainable production and distribution. In fact, the sensor market is expected to increase from a $2.9 billion industry $4.16 billion by 2018.
While this type of information might be occasionally provided with pencil and paper based systems, it is subject to issues such as accuracy and integrity. There is no way of knowing if someone makes a mistake at some point, checks the wrong box, or signs when they shouldn’t. Automation makes every person involved in the process accountable for their actions.
When raw materials can be traced back to their roots, both manufacturers and consumers benefit. By providing complete oversight into a product, sound, responsible production practices will become a standard. For more information on how your company can benefit from automated production capabilities, please click here.