9 May

How Automation is Transforming Every Industry

Posted by John Brandwagt

As time goes on, the world as we know it is becoming more automated with every passing day. Automatic equipment helps streamline production in so many industries more effectively, removing the need for human employees to do low-labour, expensive, and often quite boring jobs.

It’s not just large factories that are benefiting from automation—almost every corporate industry has witnessed an overhaul thanks to automation. Here’s what modern advancements are doing for companies all over the world.

Food Services

In restaurants of every size, there are a lot of small, high-energy tasks that are required to make things run smoothly. With automation, the food services industry can enjoy a huge advantage simply by switching over to a digital system that fills these types of jobs. Interfaces for order taking, basic cooking tasks, and cleanup save the cost of labour, while also saving on energy, cutting down on waste materials, and improving quality, accuracy, and precision. The lack of verbal communication could also eliminate the cost of human error, when misunderstandings lead to mistakes in ordering.

Tech Support

If you’ve ever relied on technology to do your job properly, you know how important it is for your tech to run flawlessly at all times. When something breaks or goes wrong, it could take days or even weeks to repair—leading to a halt in production and frustrating everyone involved.

With automation, technological malfunctions can be addressed without mandating any hands-on intervention. While we’re not completely at that level just yet, information technology firms are already unveiling ways for maintenance to be done remotely, and have started to phase out chat operatives in favour of automated responses. This is a much more cost-effective method of assistance for companies, allowing employers to spend their money more wisely elsewhere.

Banking

Banking has already begun to be a highly automated industry—for most basic tasks, talking to a human is hardly needed. Automation is going to play a huge role in the transition to full-scale mechanization in banks, removing some of the old methods of accounting and making the banking processes much faster and more efficient. Digital security protocols will also soon ensure that the average user is completely free of transaction issues, safeguarding your money where it matters most.

Construction

Automated construction isn’t something that most people typically think about, but with the demand for bigger buildings being built faster, the construction industry has begun to simplify the entire contracting process by resorting to machine labour. As automation technology grows more advanced, a machine can quite literally build even the most large-scale building projects.

Travel

Airports, bus stations, and subway lines are not exactly known to be the most efficient services on the planet. Those who rely on public transit for their daily commute know exactly how much undue hassle is involved just in trying to get from point A to point B.

Fortunately, advancements in tech are starting to make travelling much easier for commuters. Terminal workers are now becoming a thing of the past, with speedy automated card systems allowing for users to simply tap on and tap off whenever they require transportation. Paper tickets and receipts make for bulky travel; plane tickets that are bought online and stored on a smart-device make for an easier, worry-free flying experience. Automation makes travel much more cost-effective for businesses, giving them the chance to invest money in actually improving the travel experience instead of focusing on trying to fix an already broken system.

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Topics: Automation

John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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