For many businesses minimising errors is a main priority, and whether we like it or not people make mistakes. Human error is something that is often overlooked or discounted when refining processes. By connecting machines and allowing them to control themselves automatically, fewer members of staff are needed to complete certain tasks.
Another advantage of automating your business processes using IoT is an increase in up-time. But what do we mean by this?
In this instance, up-time is the amount of time your business is open or running for. As we all know, your staff don’t work around the clock, they come into work at a specific time and leave at another. This means that your business is only open for a certain number of hours per day (unless your staff’s shifts overlap). Machines on the other hand aren’t restricted by time. Automating your business processes via the Internet of Things will allow them to run 24/7.
Although there are a lot of ethical arguments that arise when it comes to automation of business (due to the ‘loss’ of jobs), there needn’t be. We aren’t suggesting you make your entire workforce redundant and replace them with robot workers. Human jobs will definitely remain a necessity as machines need to be programmed and maintained.
In traditional businesses engineers are often employed to fix faulty machinery and devices if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, this usually involves a lot of testing to find the faulty component. A lot of time is wasted during this process and your business is paying for that loss of efficiency.
When a process is automated your own network of IoT devices will notify your engineers of exactly where and what the problem is. This way the problem can be identified and fixed quickly, reducing the amount of down time you would have previously experienced.