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Hot Water Automation

The future of modern technology is in automation. Sure, it has been around since the industrial revolution, but not like it is today. Things you never thought could be self-controlled are operating independently and automatically. This has meant severe cuts in labor in many industries with the automotive hard hit. Almost anything can be manufactured by a robot these days. While no one likes to see unemployment figures in the red, I do believe that automation is here to stay and is the wave of the future. There isn’t a production or assembly problem that doesn’t have this as a solution. It has brought higher quality, increased productivity, and lower prices as side benefits. I can’t think of a negative word about it. Stay with me in future blogs to see how automation really works.

To start on a personal level, people love smart homes with automated lighting, water systems, and thermostats. They count on hot water being available on demand unlike the old days when you had to wait for your bath water to heat up. While you are working or away, your automated water heater can adjust the temperature you have set, thus reducing your utility bills. Brilliant, right? These smart homes cost more, but then they save you money in the long run. You don’t need a gardener to water the lawn or a neighbor to come over and turn your lights on or off while you are on vacation.

I have a smart home, but I use a standard tankless water heater system (https://www.waterheaterwatch.com/best-tankless-water-heater-reviews/) , and buy products made by machines. Yes, I do love the “handmade” sticker on arts and crafts, but we can’t get by with intense labor anymore. It shoots up prices. Think of how much cheaper electronic gadgets are now. A TV that was $1000 is now $300. I refuse to feel guilty about robotics. Besides, we have a new generation of engineers trained in automation, creating a wide open field for college grads. It is said that there is a good and bad side to everything, but to me it is all good in regard to automation.

You say it is dehumanizing and results in a life filled with identical mass-produced objects. I say that there is still room for good design and quality in manufacturing if the public so demands. You say it is expensive to add a layer of quality assurance in the manufacturing process. I say this goes with the territory and is cost effective in the long run. Yes, the world had to retool to get on board with automation, but this has only brought about significant upgrades in products and services.

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Pleasant Night with a Friend

I intend to retool my house to become a coveted “smart home” with all the new bells and whistles. It is a temporary residence or I would have had an automated place long ago. As a believer in automation, the first thing I want is a home that can be operated with my computer or cell phone. I want to embrace the Internet of Things with all my devices.  One thing I definitely will include is a whole house programmable air filter. Let me tell you why. When I finally get the system, I will be extolling its many virtues in future blogs.

I spent a pleasant night playing cards and listing to music with a friend. Little did I know the consequences until the next morning. The rec room where we had idled for many hours reeked of cigarette smoke. Not from me, however. My friend is the culprit this time. My dog has been a source of odor in my house for a while, which already started me thinking about an air purifier. But the stale smoke sealed the deal. Sure, I can open the windows and air out the room, plus spray it to death with air freshener; but there is nothing like an air filtration system such as these: https://www.nomoresmokesmell.net/best-air-purifiers-cigarette-smoke/. People tell me they don’t worry about smelly dogs or friends who puff away incessantly; it is all taken care of as the motor whirs.

I love the idea of an automated system that can be set to the hours you want it to run and the degree of suction. If you have major issues, you will want a larger, more advanced filtering unit. Obviously small apartments require less. And they make them to fit all budgets. I sound like a salesman, don’t I? It is just that when I am onboard with something, I like to let people know. Most of the time, I am preaching to the choir. We all want the same things, although we might need a little prodding to let go of some hard-earned cash.

I want to live a life based on automation. The industrial world relies on it, so why not us ordinary folk? It makes our lives easier and hassle free. Little things like smoke odor can be annoying and aggravate health problems. I believe in automated cars that drive themselves (a fancy version of cruise control), lawn mower robots that find their own way through the yard, and all the thousands of manufacturing assembly machines that need no humans to do their job. I should have been an industrial engineer in the field of automation since it is clearly my passion. Meanwhile, I will be content with a programmable air filter system.

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Maximizing Potential Through Automation

Have you ever stopped to think about the different ways that automation helps companies maximize potential? The truth is, automation is so commonplace in today’s society that most people don’t really stop to think about it at all. However, if you’re directly involved in the manufacture of items, you likely have first-hand knowledge of the different ways that automation can help any company maximize its potential.

First and foremost, it’s important to realize that from a business standpoint, it’s all about making more products and making them at the highest possible level of quality, all with the intention of making more money. After all, you didn’t go into business to lose money or to merely break even. You’re there to find a way to make as much money as you possibly can. Therefore, the whole idea of automation can be broken down into simple numbers.

If you produce a particular item without the automation process, there are only a certain number of items that you will be capable of producing in any given amount of time. Regardless of the number of workers you hire or the skill level that they possess, there are limits to the number of products that people can turn out during a specified amount of time. If your goal is to turn out as many items as you possibly can in order to maximize your earning potential, this is obviously going against the goals that you have for your company to begin with.

While there are certain companies that produce a very limited amount of handcrafted items, these companies fill a very small niche within the business world. They operate on a different business model than most businesses who are trying to turn out as many products as they possibly can so they can distribute them to more and more places. When your goal is to mass-produce an item, it’s easy to see that automation is really the only answer. There are two main reasons that you need to consider automation in order to produce as many items as you possibly can in the shortest possible amount of time.

It all comes down to being able to produce those items in mass quantities and regulate the level of quality with regard to the items you’re producing. When you use automation, quality becomes much easier to control. You don’t have the variations that you commonly have in handcrafted items and it becomes possible to create each individual product exactly like the one that came before it. Obviously, it also means that you’ll be able to create more of these products so you can sell more.

When you look at it like this, automation should be a no-brainer. If your goal is to grow your business to its maximum potential, there really is no other option. Automation can reduce your operating costs, increase your ability to manufacture products and help you keep a tight rein on quality control. That’s why so many businesses have chosen to go this route and it’s why you should too.

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Make Your Water Better

As a believer in a world of automation, it is no surprise that I would want things to operate automatically at home.  We all want to save time in our busy lives. More time for texting and messaging. Ha! That is even automated. You can give voice commands to Siri and it will be done. I love it. Dictating text automatically to a computer offers a brave new world of possibilities.

If we are going to live in an advanced technological age, where robots are the workers of tomorrow and people are only managers, it make sense to promote smart homes with appliances that do their jobs with a little bit of programming. We have always have coffeemakers and toasters that go on according to a time clock, not to mention lawn sprinklers and pool cleaning systems. But now we can do more than that.

Take the ubiquitous water filter like you can find at https://www.homewaterhealth.com/. Most of us have something installed either in our fridge, sink faucet, or other areas of the home. If you care about making your water better for drinking, cooking, and bathing, you will have filters in all places possible. We are tired of the horror stories of unclean, tainted water in some parts of the country and we crave complete home water health. We don’t even want contaminants in our laundry cycle. As an advocate of automation, you can understand why I would balk at having to constantly change the water filters all around the house, each one at a different time. Sometimes, I write down the last time I did it on a schedule placed in the junk drawer in the kitchen. But inevitably it gets lost. It is time to take further action.

It is time to put everything filter related on one system so that it operates automatically throughout the entire house. It makes life easier and well worth the money to change all the old water filters for a new whole house model. Less work for me means more time to play. Automation doesn’t always have to be a major retooling of a giant auto plant. It can be something as simple as cleaning up tap water and making it taste better. This is a pretty important proposition given that water is the fluid of life. We can’t live without it. Why not make it the best it can be. Water filters guarantee better quality and softer water so even your show is improved. Activating one switch on the main control panel is all you need.

Get smart and get a new water filter system for your house. There are many reputable brands like Rhino, Pelican, and Culligan. Like me, start to enjoy good health and wellness. I know there is a perfect product out there right for you. Be sure it is automated!

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Productivity is Important

Almost everyone knows that productivity is an important part of life, whether you’re talking about a company that manufactures products or someone in their individual life. Without productivity, nothing really gets done. Even in your personal life, you don’t see results if you’re not productive. If you don’t exercise everyday, you probably don’t have the body wish you had. If you don’t study in college, you don’t have the productivity to make good grades. If you don’t show a high level of productivity in a professional setting, you might not ever reach your aspirations in the business world.

When you look at it like that, it becomes obvious that productivity is even more important when you’re operating a business that is responsible for manufacturing virtually any type of product. Without productivity, you might as well shutter the doors and call it quits. You can bet that if you don’t have a high level of productivity, you’re probably losing money at an alarmingly fast pace. It just doesn’t work to be in business without being productive. Having a successful business and failing to create a high level of productivity do not go hand in hand, to say the least.

Why is this so important to understand? The answer is easy. It doesn’t make any sense to be in business if you’re not producing goods or services at a level that allows you to make money. In this particular case, it’s almost impossible to maintain a successful business if you’re trying to manufacture some type of product and your productivity is practically nonexistent. Imagine what it would be like to go into work everyday, needing to make enough money to pay for the building and utilities, not to mention insurance and employee salaries, yet you’re not turning out enough product to cover your basic expenses. Obviously, this is not a method that can sustain itself for any length of time whatsoever.

The question is, how do you fix the problem? If there is a demand for the products that you are manufacturing, how do you increase your productivity so that you can make enough money to cover your expenses and have money left over? It all comes down being able to mass-produce the products that you manufacture. This is most easily accomplished through automation. In fact, without automation, it is almost impossible to mass produce any product and it’s certainly outside the realm of possibility to produce that product with any level of consistent quality.

The goal is to utilize automation to your advantage. Granted, it can cost a certain amount of money to switch your manufacturing process over so that it’s fully automated, but this is a process that is capable of paying for itself and then some in short order. When you’re able to mass-produce the products you sell, your productivity automatically goes sky high. The more products you can sell, the more money you can make. Business is not as difficult as most people think it is. It all comes down to three things. First, you have to have a product or service that people need and are willing to pay for. Second, you have to be able to manufacture that product or provide that service frequently enough to make money. Last but certainly not least, you have to be known for quality. Automation allows you to do all of those things with the products that you turn out. That’s why it has become a mainstay of businesses, both large and small.

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Improving Quality Through Automation

If you are tasked with owning or managing a business that manufactures products, one of your most important concerns is quality. If you don’t have the quality that you should have, it won’t be very long before sales start to slide. People have a lot of different options available to them these days when it comes to choosing where they buy their products, so you won’t get away with expecting them to pay for quality that simply isn’t there. That places the responsibility squarely on your shoulders to ensure that everything you turn out is of exceptional quality. Therefore, you have to come up with a way to make sure that you can monitor the quality of everything that is being produced. This is no small task, to say the least.

This forces you to ask yourself a question. How can you oversee the quality of products that are mass-produced at your company? You obviously can’t personally examine each and every product that is turned out. It isn’t physically possible. This is especially true if you have more than one manufacturing location. Is it enough to rely on other people that have been hired for quality control? More importantly, is it enough to rely on a small sampling of products and assuming that the rest of the products turned out are of comparable quality? Both of these so-called solutions require a great deal of risk on your part. If something goes wrong with the quality of an item, neither one of those explanations is going to go very far.

How do you improve quality and maintain a high level of quality when you’re manufacturing thousands or even tens of thousands of products in a short time span? It all comes down to utilizing an automated process. It’s really the only way that you can be certain that the products being turned out are of the same quality, time and time again. Otherwise, you’re leaving a lot of chance and it could come back to hurt you later on.

People have a tendency to only give businesses one chance. The first time they purchase a product that isn’t at the level of quality they expect, you can almost guarantee that they won’t purchase anything from that company again. Frequently, this is true even when they have purchased products in the past that they’ve been exceptionally happy with. When there are so many options available at the consumers’ fingertips, you have to find a way to stay ahead of the competition. If your quality is suffering, even due to a one-time mistake, that’s all it takes for someone else to gain the upper hand.

Automation makes it easier to maintain your level of quality because it provides some continuity to the manufacturing process. If everything is being manufactured and handled in exactly the same fashion, day in and day out, you can rest assured that your quality level is not fluctuating. That’s one of the main reasons why so many companies have turned to automation in the first place.

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Automation in Everyday Life

People don’t always think about the various ways that automation makes everyday life easier. In fact, many individuals go through their daily lives without giving it any thought whatsoever. However, there are those individuals that would not be able to live their lives in the same way without automation. The truth is, automation is something that touches the lives of most people on a daily basis. The thing is, it’s not always so easy to recognize unless you’re looking for it.

When most people think about automation, they picture an automobile assembly line that’s run by robots and computer-operated machinery. To a certain extent, this is a correct assumption but it doesn’t stop there. Automation occurs in practically every area of manufacturing where a certain part or item has to be manufactured and distributed in large quantities, especially when that item is needed in a relatively short amount of time. There was a time when most items were made by hand, but once it was discovered how much more efficient automation could make things, most factories switched over to this process. This brings items that you use in your everyday life into the big picture.

Did you ever stop to think about the jeans that you wear or the food you feed your dog being products of automation? Most people don’t. Take the example of feeding your dog. Imagine how long it would take if all the food were manufactured completely by hand, then sent to an area where people were filling bags by hand and sealing them without the help of any type of automation. This would dramatically slow down the process, making much less of this particular product available for purchase. In turn, the price would increase.

Instead, most companies rely on automation. Certain ingredients are mixed together and then sent by computer-operated machinery to bagging areas where the bags are then sealed and weighed. It speeds up the entire process, thereby making it easier for you to purchase the bag of dog food you need and it helps keep prices at a reasonable level. This is just one example of automation in everyday life. While you might think about your car as something that is a perfect example of automation, virtually everything that you purchase at a department store is also a product of it as well.

Even food products that you eat are involved in the automation process. If you put cheese slices on a bologna sandwich, you can bet that no one was standing there slicing the cheese by hand and then wrapping it in a plastic wrapper. Instead, it was all made possible through some form of automation.

As you can see, automation really does occur in many parts of your everyday life. Unless you’re wearing clothing that was handmade or you deal almost exclusively with handcrafted objects, automation has been involved at one point or another. In some cases, it’s directly involved in the manufacture of the items that you use and in other cases, it’s involved in the distribution of those items. Either way, it’s something that occurs on a regular basis concerning almost every item that you come into contact with each day.

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Myths About Automation

Automation is a process that is incredibly vital to running a successful business, yet it has been vilified in many instances. The truth is, there are so many myths about automation that it sometimes becomes difficult to tell the truth from the lie. Here, you can start to sort out all of the different myths that have been told about automation over the years. Think about some of the biggest ones that you have heard. Automation is often thought of as a bad thing because people think that all it does is take jobs away from human beings. People also get the misconception that it doesn’t really increase business productivity. Another myth is that it only benefits the largest and most profitable companies because it costs so much to implement. While there are certainly plenty of other myths out there, these are the three that will be discussed in this particular post.

Automation is not responsible for taking jobs away from people. The truth is, even automated factories still need people to run them and oversee projects. Automation makes the process run much more smoothly, and many times it gives people the opportunity to be promoted into supervisory or managerial positions that are better paying and even offer better hours. As a result, the company can benefit from implementing the automation process and employees have the opportunity to benefit from furthering their own careers.

As if the myth discussed in the previous paragraph wasn’t bad enough, people have gotten it into their heads that automation doesn’t really increase productivity anyway, so why bother. Anyone that stops and thinks about this from a common-sense standpoint, even for a few minutes, has to know this can’t possibly be true. Why does automation make productivity better? For one thing, machines don’t get tired and they don’t need breaks. It’s a lot easier to mass produce any item when you have an automated process than it is to rely on a team of individuals do it all by hand. It allows the process to go much faster, there are fewer glitches, and overall, the quality of the products turned out increases dramatically.

The next myth is that switching over to an automated process is so expensive that no one can really afford it. Yes, it costs money to switch over to a process that is fully automated. However, think about what it could potentially mean for your bottom line. If you’re able to make three or even four times as much of the product as you were previously making and you know you can sell that much, you’re increasing your profits by three or four times as well. Before you know it, this increase in profits can pay for all of the upgrades you made and then some. If you consider implementing automation as an investment, there’s simply no reason not to do it.

Unless you operate a business that specializes in manufacturing items by hand and that’s part of your marketing structure, there is no reason not to implement automation. There’s also no reason to believe the many myths that surround it. It’s hard to understand why so many of these lies exist, but it’s easy to see what an automated process could mean for your business and your ability to make money.