There’s nothing as scary as the prospect of losing one’s livelihood. It fills you very being with anxiety and fear while slowly killing all the hopes you had for the future. In this regard, it is imperative that we take a look at the onset of industrial automation and the effect it will have on those working in the manufacturing sector.

The Good.

1. Less work.

Industrial automation will simplify and increase the efficiency of even the most basic of manufacturing jobs. This will, in turn, lighten the work load and therefore make the factory a much better work environment.Unfortunately, this effect might only be a positive for those in management and administrative positions while getting rid of skilled laborers.

2.High Initial Capital.

Despite all the excitement generated by industrial automation it is still very costly to fully automate a manufacturing operation. Most manufacturers will opt to wait and automate their factories when the initial investment is economically viable. Hopefully, this will act as a way to delay inevitable job losses.

3. New jobs with advanced skillsets.

Manufacturers might need to lay off some redundant staff once they automate their factories but the new machines will still need people to develop, maintain and operate them. This will provide an opportunity for existing factory workers to improve their skillset and keep their manufacturing jobs.

The Bad.

1. Fewer jobs, fewer positions.

Factories are known to require a large workforce to operate efficiently but industrial automation will definitely change this. A task that previously required 100 people might now require only 10 people to
complete therefore drastically reducing the number of opportunities in the manufacturing business.

2.Low Cost.

Machines require much less to operate than any human making them a dream come true for any factory looking to reduce their labor cost. This is made worse by the fact that machines will be significantly more productive despite the lower production cost.

3.Automation is already here.

Despite the premise that industrial automation is a future threat the simple truth is that it has already arrived and some of its effects can already be felt. For instance, a number of car manufacturers have
already embraced the new reality and jobs have been lost. The problem is much larger in sectors such fast food chains and the logistics business where drivers are slowly being made redundant.

4. Automation might take more jobs than we anticipated.

We might have underestimated the impact of industrial automation. It was initially expected to only affect low to mid-level unskilled laborers but we have now realized that even high-level skilled workers are at risk. For instance, positions which require a masters degree such as those of manufacturing analysts can now be properly handled by an algorithm and a few sensors.

Conclusion.

Industrial automation is a predicament that will definitely render a lot of people in the manufacturing industry jobless. It is therefore of importance and urgency that involved in factories start rethinking
their positions as their livelihood is at great risk. If you had wanted to join this industry now is a good time to start rethinking your future.

 

 

Categories: Manufacturing