Evolution Of The Automation Industry

January 26, 2021 - 4 minutes read

As technology continues to evolve and advance around us, so too does the onset of industrial automation in Malaysia. As the years go by, various factory processes in Malaysia – and across the overall globe – have become increasingly automatized; with machines rapidly entering labor spaces and completing task after task with their typical, mechanical efficiency. And the evidence of increasingly mechanized industrial processes have become quite pervasive in our everyday lives; for example, most of the colorful packaging on the foodstuffs on the shelves of your local supermarket, or the fancy metal shell of your expensive Mercedes-benz, or even the inspection of some of the packaged meals you consume on a day-to-day basis to ensure cleanliness and quality in every bite, are more often than not completed by the efficient, deft manouvering of industrial automation machinery rather than the comparatively careless, clumsy handling of human hands. 

While the advancement of technology into what were once completely human labor spaces does seem a pretty daunting, almost Terminator-esque notion, there are plenty of reasons why people should embrace industrial automation and implement appropriate machines into workstations and factories. For example, industrial automation machines, running on numbers, codes, and electricity, can complete their tasks much faster and at a much higher standard than human workers. Furthermore, these machines, hewn as they are from plastic and metal and wire, do not tire or flag after a hard-day’s work; and may continue operating well after their human counterparts have gone to bed. All-in-all, they seem almost the ideal worker – able to work tirelessly and relentlessly, and prone to little error outside the occasional fix-up or crossed wire. 

However, though an efficient, robotic factory workforce does sound like the dream, there are still some concerns about the prospect. After all, as machines gradually intrude into our work spaces, where exactly does that leave us as human workers? Some people have speculated that industrial automation might lead to a sci-fi-, dystopian scenario; with machines superseding our jobs and replacing the bulk of the human workforce. No one likes the thought of being replaced by a machine, but if we were to compare our quality-of-work to the clean efficiency of a machine, how could we possibly compete? 

It’s a terrifying idea, but as industrial automation becomes more commonplace, it’s an idea that seems more and more unfounded. Sure, a robot-apocalypse sounds like a pretty daunting future in theory, but in practice? It seems highly unlikely. Less of stealing our jobs and crowding us out of our own work spaces, automated machines seem to create jobs more than they take them. After all, the onset of industrial automation in Malaysia has created jobs in the supply of automated machines, as well as in the making of them. And even the most perfected of automated machinery is liable to breaking down at times, which creates more opportunities for the mechanics who are called to fix them. As for the factory-workers themselves, they tend to work alongside the machines rather than against them; promoting the quality of work by having it completed by both machine and human hands. 

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