As assembly lines speed up, labeling must keep up
by Max Manikian, on April 18, 2017
It's no secret that manufacturers across industries have committed to increased automation because of an interest in incrementally increasing speed and precision. But if even one element of production is compromised, the whole supply chain slows back down.
Assembly lines enhanced with robotics need competent labeling to ensure that products don't end up in a bottleneck, with incorrect information or even missing the barcodes they'll require to move through the supply chain.
Increases in speed aren't over
While companies have already made plenty of progress automating their production facilities, the introduction of robotics was not a one-time occurrence. Advanced Manufacturing specified that the next step for factories involves the use of smaller and more precise robotic assets. This next generation of hardware will share data via the internet of things (IoT), moving more quickly than ever before.
Organizations are also pondering robots that are safer to work with. Assembly lines that need direct hands-on contributions from employees can be augmented with automation. This extra infusion of speed could revolutionize multiple industries, provided all the other systems powering manufacturers speed up accordingly.
Don't let labeling be a chokepoint
Precise and high-speed production of goods will fail to have an optimal impact on supply chain efficiency if companies can't label goods accurately and consistently at an acceptable rate. This need for speed is a compelling reason to update manufacturing labeling software. Advanced systems that can keep up with the speed of the modern assembly line will allow factories to live up to their potential.
Robotics-based manufacturing processes can also turn out customized goods rather than make each order the same. Enterprise Labeling Software that can easily configure labels for specific orders and customers is therefore useful for maintaining modern factories at peak operational efficiency. Data exported by modern, IoT-enabled machinery will be the fuel for these adaptable and effective systems.
For more on manufacturing labeling check out our recently released Q&A on the topic.