It all began with Henry Ford and the development of the assembly line. With the creation of this technique of mass production, Ford changed the automobile from being an unrealistic luxury to a practical convenience. And not only has the development of the assembly line made cars available to people all over the world, but it has also been used in the production of modern conveniences and necessities we use daily.
Today, innovation continues to open doors and create possibilities. Robotics are performing surgeries, delivering mail, driving cars, and may soon be used for space travel. But robots that will make dinner or take out the trash are not all that is in store for the future of automation. These incredible modernizations are a little more close to home and are already seen in the workplace.
Warehouse automation as a way of boosting efficiency is becoming the norm, and these systems are becoming increasingly more accurate. Automated shipping systems remove the need for tedious manual processes and replace it with technologies that provide maximum payback with minimal investment. These systems include machines that scan, move, weigh, and label packages on their own to create more efficient and streamlined operations. Many of these machines, which include shipping and labeling systems, conveyors, scales, and scanners, use infrared sensing technologies to ensure precision and accuracy.
These machines are not designed to replace humans, but are created to improve collaboration and productivity in a business and to make life easier and more comfortable for humans. Incorporating these technologies into our lives will create further convenience and allow us to spend our time engaged in more valuable endeavors.
While Henry Ford’s vision was great and paved the way for considerable change and innovation, it remains to be seen if his vision encompassed what we are already seeing today and what will be seen in the near future.