The Path to Automation: Guidance for Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers

The Path to Automation: Guidance for Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers

by Rich Hobbs, President & CEO
Manufacturers Resource Center

Today I would like to share insights on navigating the automation journey, especially for small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs). Following up on our recent Automation and Manufacturing Technology Show, it is evident that automation is no longer a luxury for thriving in today’s competitive landscape.

Automation offers SMMs countless benefits, including increased efficiency, improved quality, reduced operational costs, enhanced safety, and the ability to remain competitive in the global market. However, embarking on the automation journey can seem daunting, particularly for those who are new to the concept or unsure of where to start.

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The first step in the automation journey is understanding your unique business needs and identifying areas where automation can make the most significant impact. This requires a comprehensive assessment of your current processes, workflows, and pain points. By pinpointing inefficiencies and bottlenecks, you can prioritize areas for automation that will yield the highest return on investment.

Once you’ve identified potential areas for automation, it’s essential to conduct thorough research and explore available technologies that align with your business objectives. From robotics and artificial intelligence to advanced manufacturing systems and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, there are numerous automation tools and technologies available to SMMs today.

However, investing in automation isn’t just about acquiring new technology—it’s about integrating automation into your overall business strategy and culture. This requires buy-in from leadership, clear communication with employees, and a commitment to ongoing training and upskilling. Automation isn’t about replacing workers; it’s about empowering them to work smarter and more efficiently.

In addition to our recent Automation and Manufacturing Technology Show, MRC offers a range of services and programs designed to help SMMs harness the power of automation. From customized consulting and training to access to cutting-edge technologies, we’re committed to helping SMMs thrive in an increasingly automated world.

Whether you are just starting to contemplate automation or looking to optimize existing automation processes, our team of experts is dedicated to providing the support and resources you need to succeed. MRC can help you explore available technologies, integrate automation into your overall strategy, and unlock new opportunities for efficiency, innovation, and success.  Learn more about Automation Onboarding, MRC’s systematic approach for guidance, training, and comprehensive support for every step of your automation journey, Check it out!

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