Automation is getting a lot of attention lately. We are fascinated with the rise of self-driving cars, and robots delivering packages right to our homes. But plant and warehouse managers have been utilizing automation in some form or another for a very long time, and its benefits are many. Let’s explore how utilizing automation in your business can create a safer environment and more creative, satisfied, and engaged employees.  

Automation can reduce or eliminate repetitive, often pain-inducing, physical tasks.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016, musculoskeletal disorders involving the back accounted for 38.5 percent of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Many of these injuries are caused by lifting heavy objects.  

Pallet Positioners are easy, low cost products to help employees eliminate strain on their back. These products lift, rotate and place heavy pallets in the ideal position for loading and unloading. Utilizing pallet positioners also helps employees perform their jobs faster to boost productivity. 

Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics Solutions company, recommends the Southworth PalletPal™ 360. The PalletPal™ includes a platform that raises and lowers as boxes are added and removed, and a turntable to make the process easier, faster and more ergonomic. Click here to watch a video of the Southworth PalletPal™ in action and learn more about its features. 

Automation can allow you to reassign workers to safer job duties.

Robots are more expensive than pallet positioners and AGVs but these productive additions to your facility can take over all aspects of loading and unloading pallets. It’s an investment that can eliminate the potential of employee injury altogether and free up employees to perform other important tasks. 

Bastian Solutions offers several robotic palletizing solutions to handle pallets, slip sheets and more. Click here to learn more about this cutting-edge technology. 

Reassigning employees can lead to higher employee satisfaction.

With the addition of automation and industrial robots, employees have time to work in new ways. Their new duties might include managing the robots doing the work, or engaging in higher level, more creative tasks. These new opportunities often result in empowered, more satisfied employees.  

Contact us for a free consultation to learn how we can help you achieve lower worker compensation claims, lower turnover, higher productivity and higher employee satisfaction.