Pros and Cons of AutomationBy Taimoor T
Technology has advanced so much in recent years that the concept of automating almost all processes is now a reality rather than a mere abstract concept. However, like with anything, there are advantages and disadvantages when it comes to automation. So, what are these?
- Standardization of quality
By automating some processes, companies, especially factories, can standardize the quality of their products and ensure that every product has the same level of quality even when produced in larger quantities.
- Increased efficiency and productivity.
Automation has allowed humanity to delegate the more menial yet time-consuming tasks to machines who can do it at a faster rate and more efficient manner. This has led to an overall improvement in efficiency and productivity.
- Improved safety
By allowing machines to do the bulk of heavier tasks, it has removed workers from more hazardous working conditions.
- Reduced required number of working hours
With automation, companies can now have their desired high-quality outcomes at a shorter length of time, thus, allowing their employees to work fewer hours and enjoy more time for their personal lives like family, friends, and hobbies.
- Displacement of workers
On the other hand, the main disadvantage of automation is the displacement of workers. By using machines to do the work, a company is effectively replacing their employees in favour of something they can’t possibly compete with.
- The higher cost needed for investment
Another disadvantage is that a company will require more money to invest in these technologies. Depending on their needs, it may cost them millions, especially if their automation system needs to be customized.
Although it’s undeniable how automation has made the lives of almost everyone easier and more convenient, there are still disadvantages to this innovation. The question now is whether the good outweighs the bad.