Implementing RPA in tantamount to pushing the “automate” button in your manufacturing plant. It’s one of the newest technologies that are propelling the manufacturing sector back into the limelight. And it’s about time!

The manufacturing sector has been languishing for decades, losing ground to foreign competitors, laying off workers, shuttering factories. The blame has often been placed squarely on the U.S. manufacturers themselves, with critics pointing out that U.S. manufacturers simply have not kept up with technologies that are readily available to them.

But we’re finally seeing enormous momentum in a sector that can create jobs and make a healthy contribution to the GDP and GNP.

Contrary to popular notions about automation, RPA does not replace humans with actual, physical robots. Rather, RPA refers to software programs that allow manufacturers to configure automation workflows that automate business operations. RPA provides accurate, reliable, consistent outputs with high productivity rates.

And, while automation has long been adopted on assembly lines, RPA goes several steps beyond that because it can be applied to many other processes and operations. One cogent example is the manufacturing BOM which an RPA workflow can create in a fraction of the time that it takes a human being to generate it. Depending on how deep the BOM is, allowing an RPA workflow to handle that task not only saves time, it’s also generally more accurate.

At a high level, RPA benefits the manufacturing industry because of it:

  • Optimizes time-centric and routine processes
  • Increases the go-to-market speed by maximizing productivity
  • Reduces cost by minimizing human errors
  • Increase agility in operations

In other words, RPA streamlines the entire business, including invoice processing and purchase order management, not just the shop floor. The major constraint is the shortage of workers trained to implement RPA software. But like any other new technology, this shortfall will be reduced over time.

RPA further enhances the improvements that are being seen in this sector, generated in large part by the so-called IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things), which has brought about optimization is these areas:

  • Industrial Analytics
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Defect Density Improvement
  • R&D
  • Data-Driven Component Usage Analysis

As a company that is focused exclusively on the implementation of ERP manufacturing software, Strategic Systems Group (SSG) is keeping a sharp eye on these developing trends, all of which hold out huge promise for our manufacturing clients.

Contact us today. Call SSG at 310.539.4645 or email us at info@ssgnet.com.

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