NuTec Tooling Solution has released the compiled results of its first annual Industrial Automation Impact Survey conducted at the end of 2017. The survey evaluated the degree to which industrial automation has influenced production, purchasing habits, and future strategies using feedback from plant managers, operators, and engineers.

Of all respondents, 94.6 percent indicated that the implementation, adoption, and use of automation is either necessary or “critical” to their business, while only 5.3percent viewed automation as “optional.” Most respondents spanning a number of industry segments, also felt that automation had reduced operating costs (53 percent) or provided some performance advances (59 percent). Despite such advances, budget constraints, however, ranked as the biggest (47percent) or second biggest (42percent) challenge posed by automation for these companies.

“It’s no surprise how critical automation has become to manufacturing,” says NuTec President, Brian Deane, who continued by saying, “but there’s still some ground to be gained when it comes to companies completely achieving the goals they hoped to from automated solutions,” He adds, “In future surveys, we will be watching to see if companies start to realize more pronounced cost-savings and efficiencies from automation over the long-term.”

NuTec says it was pleased with the overall participation by participants and plans to conduct the Industrial Automation Impact Survey on an annual basis. Those interested in the compiled results may consult the infographic released by NuTec.

Started over 30 years ago, NuTec Tooling Systems, Inc. designs and builds factory automation solutions and industrial robotics for contract manufacturers and manufacturers of complex components. NuTec specializes in automation solutions for leading industries within the medical, biotechnology, aerospace, energy storage, and consumer products industries.