RPA in Manufacturing – What scope your company has in RPA?
Manufacturers adopted automation to speed up their processes even before other industries tried to chase this new method of getting things done. However, they have mostly been implementing physical robots that help them in assembling, testing, and packaging products. This physical automation cannot be considered as well-rounded automation of all key processes as it still leaves enough room for improvement. Manufacturing companies face a challenge in handling back-office activities that are equally repetitive and labor-intensive.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can help manufacturers in automating their back-office activities that are computer-based such as invoicing, payment processing, and customer communication. It not only ensures consistent error-free results, but it also increases predictability in the delivery time and job satisfaction.
Application of RPA in Manufacturing
Given below are a few of the ways RPA can be helpful for manufacturers:
Bill of Materials
A Bill of Materials (BoM) contains the raw materials’ list, sub-components, sub-assemblies, and quantities. It is used as a central source of information when manufacturing a product. Some other names of it are ingredients list, recipe, or formula. With the RPA, companies can reduce errors in BoM and thus allow the involved team to move to the next phase to build products faster.
Migration of Data
Moving data from the old system to a new system is not only monotonous and time-consuming, but it also has chances of errors if done manually. However, if the company uses RPA, then it will be able to do the same activity in lesser time and cost. Additionally, the company will be able to abide by its data policies as it intends firmly. Humans are considered the weakest link when it comes to data security. Thus, eliminating humans from the process altogether increases not only the possibility of error-free migration but also safe data migration.
Some common issues in inventory management are unpredictable customer demand and variation in supplier deliveries. It requires that the inventory managers make periodic adjustments in various activities to keep inventory managed, whether it is product procurement, sending email confirmation, or regularly monitoring inventory levels. For a human, these tasks are not only tedious but also prone to mistakes whose implications can be far-reaching. However, the implementation of RPA can take away all the pain of inventory management. A company can easily automate the process of procuring materials, track customer demand, and adjust the level of inventory, and do much more.
We have talked about invoice processing in our previous blogs as well. It is one of the processes that is most common in all business areas and vital for the ongoing operations. When humans process invoices, they are likely to make mistakes. They can click on the wrong columns, miss invoices, and get physically and mentally tired before processing all pending invoices. However, RPA can resolve these issues. RPA can work 24 x 7 with the same pace and accuracy, without missing even a single item or making errors.
Administration and Reporting
Timely reporting is essential for businesses to operate smoothly. Also, reports should be clear and able to communicate the information in a digestible format such as graphs and charts. However, it is difficult for humans to prepare reports at the exact time every day or week and ensure the same level of reporting quality. Bad reporting may lead to weak and untimely decision making, thus impacting the ability to do effective management. RPA can prepare reports as desired by administration departments and that too with the same quality every time. Managers can directly get to the actionable numbers instead of making the report.
How RPA works?
The implementation of RPA is pretty straightforward for all forms of business processes. After you identify a stable repetitive process that you want to automate, robots can be built using proprietary tools such as UiPath Studio and implemented in your organization. The time and cost employed for this implementation will depend on the size and complexity of your business process. If you want to automate an invoice processing activity, then it can be done in a few days. On the other hand, if you’re going to automate several activities that are intertwined with internal and external entities, then it may take months. However, even if it takes time, implementing RPA can be the right decision because it prepares your company for a sustainable and profitable future.
What next for you?
Only replacing physical robots at your manufacturing plant will not be enough; you have to automate your back-office activities as well to gain real value from automation. You may not know, but your competitors might be considering this change. So instead of staying behind, jump on the bandwagon and automate whatever you can. Please send your email to [email protected] or call us on (+91) 8010-369-369 to schedule a meeting with our RPA experts. Our experts, at RPATech, will help you discover processes and activities that you can automate and save costs.