General Manufacturing Leverages Automation Technology for Productivity Gains

General manufacturing companies are involved in the fabrication, processing, and preparation of products from raw materials and commodities into components, assemblies, and final consumer products across a wide variety of industries. This includes manufacturing companies that produce all of the world’s foods, chemicals, textiles, machines, and equipment. Some of the primary categories of general manufacturing include apparel, chemicals and plastics, electronics and electrical equipment, fabricated metals, food and beverage, furniture and fixtures, machinery, paper, printing, rubber, stone, and much, much more. 

General manufacturing companies have depended on machinery and the tenets of automation since Henry Ford’s first production lines. In short, automation technology helps manufacturers to increase productivity, while reducing defects and waste. Traditionally, automation technology has helped companies to perform tasks or produce products that wouldn’t be possible with human labor alone, such as stamping metal parts. Automation technology has also improved product quality by providing automated machine vision and other quality assurance and product inspection systems, reducing waste. Today, advanced automation systems continue to fulfill these critical roles of capability and productivity, but it’s also helping to solve traditional labor gaps in key skills, such as welding and quality inspection, especially during uncertain times.