In recent months, there has been a swathe of new policies after business groups, unions and professionals across the UK called on government to launch them – with the likes of infrastructure investments to extra staff training, with proposals in particular heading to the UK’s newly created Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS).
Despite the UK performing exceptionally well despite the referendum result, the government is looking to boost the productivity and growth of the industrial industry in order to have a positive long term effect. One example of things that have previously been missed by previous projects include minor amendments such as improved transport links in order to make it easier for employees to find work, and also reducing the cost of each employee to cover long-distance commuting. In addition to this, there has also been a call for an increase in funding for apprenticeships and non-graduate skills in order to unlock growth and productivity across the UK. According to some manufacturing groups such as EEF, they believe that digital infrastructure investment is also becoming vital, in a world where internet connected machinery and technology is becoming the most efficient form of working. The group have stated that they now want nationwide fibre broadband so that industrial and manufacturing companies can use more internet-enabled equipment in order to boost productivity rates. Being able to run important machinery such as a construction site’s cone crushers or a warehouses’ pallet trucks at high performance levels will help to maximise uptime.
With some countries such as Singapore experiencing an economic downturn, it is becoming critical to businesses to begin boosting productivity by combining technology with skilled workers and an efficient process in order to take a more holistic approach. Research has shown that manufacturing is a $12 trillion industry globally ever year, and there has been a number of transformations which has led to this including the industrial Internet of Things and smart factories. While data and artificial intelligence may be the next steps, real-time decision-making is going to be the most important things to help boost the production rate in the industrial industry. With a rise in industrial demand, we are likely to continue to see the introduction of robotics which will complement the existing workers in order to help boost the productivity of the industrial environment in order to keep up with the demand. Amada Miyachi Europe announced back in October that they were offering a range of robot dispensing systems which can be personalised to a number of industries, in order to meet the demand for accuracy, speed, flexibility and cost-efficiency – all of which will have an impact on the production rate of these companies.
The measurement of productivity, while differing between companies, is likely to continue to grow, with an increase in use of robotics, and continued pressure on the government by various unions and business groups to implement new processes and policies which will ultimately effect production rate.
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