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Automation – the Outsourcing Alternative

Posted September 15, 2006 11:54 AM by Steve Melito
Pathfinder Tags: factory automation outsourcing

To be competitive in the world marketplace, manufacturers must take a hard look at production costs. Often, this results in moving factories to other countries, or outsourcing labor to other countries. Associated with outsourcing are quality control difficulties, currency fluctuations, political instability, and difficulty protecting intellectual property. Factory automation, on the other hand, reduces long-term costs, allows the manufacturer to maintain quality control, and keep jobs. The "Save Your Factory" initiative – described in a Fabricating & Metalworking report – helps manufacturers make an objective comparison between outsourcing and automation.

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Re: Automation – the Outsourcing Alternative

09/18/2006 9:52 AM

I agree. We manufacture remote and wireless systems that can virtually be applied to any application with an on/off switch. It really does impact the efficiency and effectiveness of the operation, especially when it comes down to cutting costs.

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Re: Automation – the Outsourcing Alternative

09/22/2006 11:21 AM

I partially agree with the outsourcing view of new managers. But intrinsically, the manufacturing experience and the productivity of the human matrix is based on experience and training acquired. It's evident that any outsourcing is driven by bottom lines or "adding value for shareholders". Production cost are not fixed, but they are a given amount which it is viewed as cost, or the necessary burden to produce any given good in any market. The automation is not only an answer to minimize outsourcing (reducing the cost of production), but it should be a catalyst to stream line the acquired experiences and make the process more efficient. The automation requires a knowledge of the process, just not to make it more efficient, but more effective. Finally, the effectiveness will be generated, when we integrate the accumulated experience and product data, into a managable package that will reflect the specific set of experiences/requirements for a given product.

Any automation must include the human factor. Any outsourcing inherently will create a gap of the know how and the cost of producing something cheaper.

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