Shop floor automation: A necessity for competitive manufacturing

The manufacturing industry has seen great turbulence over the past decade. Global competition has reached new heights. Customers expect products more quickly than ever—and at a lower cost.

To keep up with these demands, manufacturers have to improve their operational processes. Advances in IT and manufacturing technology are widespread, but the most basic process improvement—automating the shop floor—still holds the greatest potential for streamlining activities, trimming waste, and boosting profitability.