How Automation Has Changed the Manufacturing Industry Over Time.
5 May, 2023
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Nigeria, like many developing countries, has undergone significant changes.
Case study - the manufacturing industry which has evolved from being primarily agriculture-based to incorporating other industries such as textiles, automobile, and electronics.
With the introduction of automation, manufacturing in Nigeria has undergone a revolutionary change, with numerous benefits to businesses and the economy as a whole.
In the previous times, the industry faced a lot challenges like manual labour, unoptimized business processes , low productivity, unsafe working conditions, low yield and repeatability.
Despite these challenges, the country remains a significant manufacturing hub in Africa, producing a wide range of products from processed foods, textiles, cement, and pharmaceuticals.
Nevertheless, automation has helped to overcome some of these challenges and has brought about significant improvements in the manufacturing industry in Nigeria.
As a result ,businesses have been able to increase productivity, efficiency, and safety while reducing the costs of production.
As of today, the emergence of technology has influenced the use of machines, robots, sensors, and software to perform tasks that were previously done by humans.
For example , we now have the application of laser technology in manufacturing. In the past, materials were cut to shape using regorious methods and process , however with the advent of lasers, we now have materials that can we designed , passed into laster cutting machines and the machine cuts the material in 2 Dimentional space or even better , in 3D dimensions.
Taking a look at the food industry, Nigeria being the largest producer of cassava in the world has benefited hugely from the introduction of automation into the industry, of course, helping improve their processing methods and significantly increasing their output. Amongst other benefits industry leaders have enjoyed from automation, experts in manufacture have experience most importantly, a drastic reducing in processing time. Also, improve product quality, and increased efficiency. Another fun fact is that automation has also helped to improve the production of textiles in the country. As the largest producer of cotton in Africa, with automation, textile companies have been able to increase their output and improve the quality of their products.
Greenpeg Engineering is one of the companies in Nigeria that has been at the forefront of automation in the manufacturing industry. Established in 2009, the company provides solutions for automation, instrumentation, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and maintenance, and manpower development.
We have been helping businesses in Nigeria to implement automation in their manufacturing processes and have seen significant improvements in product output.
Despite the benefits of automation, implementing it in Nigeria poses some challenges. It requires a high initial investment, reliable electricity, and internet connectivity, a skilled workforce, and a supportive legal and regulatory framework.
These challenges are not insurmountable, and with the right support and infrastructure, businesses can reap the benefits of automation.
In conclusion, automation has revolutionized the manufacturing industry in Nigeria, bringing about significant improvements in productivity, efficiency, and safety while reducing costs and waste.
With the right support and infrastructure, businesses can implement automation in their processes and take advantage of the numerous benefits it offers. The manufacturing industry is poised for further growth, and automation will undoubtedly play a significant role in this.