As consumers get savvier and savvier about which products they use, manufacturers are suddenly facing one enormous task. Keeping up with the demands of the modern market!
The grasp of this new reality increases the necessity for better logistics and remote operations. Two commodities that are essential to beat existing challenges.
Some players have already started to act. Among the first moves made was to empower a digital revolution in global ports. This initiative second-handedly calls for an increase in automation deployment. That connection is not too obvious for many. For that reason, I’m attempting to give some pointers on the subject.
Here are some of the reasons why investing in automation is a worthy cause to improve supply chain operations:
1. Automation offers reliable technology that workers can turn to better monitoring operations and safety in the field.
2. Usually, ports are complicated to run because of the strict schedule and the perennial entrance and departures of large cargo ships. Through automation, operators can handle some of the most critical points in this process by having condition overviewing equipment like drones and small vehicles to keep the port running. They allow crews to keep an eye on the facilities, vigilant of all activities. Plus, port operators get to identify and respond faster to suspicious acts.
3. Continuing the talk about drones. Since the pandemic times unfolded, the use of automated drones has accelerated. The low latency and processing power of 5G, mainly when actuated by private networks, are beginning to bring more usefulness for their application in maintenance inspections and shore-to-ship deliveries. In both cases, the potentials for risk reduction and savings are worthy of the investment.
4. Another interesting technological improvement that automation offers is the use of interconnected sensors to collect asset data and gather recordings of vital information such as temperature and vibration rate. By doing that, this incredible device helps to predict equipment failure and enable quick resolutions. Process-wise, a sensor is ideally suited for a 5G private network. It couples with a cloud-based monitoring solution to initiate real-time data transfer.
Those are four of the latest uses for automation to expedite the supply chain process. As you can see, they are a great combo to deal with retail challenges and, by default, improve customer services. We’ll stay curious to discover what’s coming next and tell you about it!
Remember to contact Verdusco Consulting for anything automation-related! It’ll be a pleasure to assist you. Cheers!