We live in a truly remarkable age, one that had its start less than a century ago. It is the age both of machines and of computers, and many different industry innovations today have married the two concepts. The result is industries that are run more efficiently, with greater benefit both for consumer and business, than ever before. We are going to talk about industry innovations in general, and the best way to start is with the benefits that most industry innovations can bring to the table whether they are large or small.
Benefits of Innovation
In all honesty, we have to say that particularly workers and those who represent them do not always look on technological innovations favourably. However, I maintain that innovations have never meant replacement of labour; instead, they merely lead to different kinds of labour. In fact, most innovations are beneficial to the individual worker, as some of the benefits below illustrate.
Innovations provide a safer working environment.
No matter what type of industry one is talking about, there is some degree of hazard to employees involved when they work directly with the product. Think of a packing system in a sawmill; there is a chance that workers could get their digits or appendages stuck, resulting in injuries from the minor to the serious. Machine operated systems turn the worker's role from active agent to observer, whose job is just to make sure things keep running. In this way, injuries both immediate and repetitive can be avoided. If you have suffered a personal injury be sure to speak with a lawyer about your rights.
Innovations ensure a uniform product.
One of the problems of manual labour is that no matter how often a worker has been doing a task, there is no guarantee of uniformity every time. Machines take the chance out of the equation; unless they are set wrong, they will turn out the same dimensions, weight, colour, etc. every single time. This greatly benefits the industry in question, as customers can rely on the identical product, every time.
Innovations actually generate more job opportunities.
It is important to realize that innovations in industry don't replace workers; in fact, more often than not, they generate a greater number and more diverse employment opportunities. Maintenance, operation, repair, and creation all come into play.
Industry innovations can be applied to mundane tasks.
There are always jobs within industry that are looked down on by everyone. Typically, these jobs are mundane and boring, and workers have to repeat the same task over and over again. Innovations can mean focusing manpower on other, more satisfying jobs.
More product is turned out.
And of course, the basic idea of innovation is to allow industry to put out more products in a given period. Innovations are meant to enable the industry to ramp up production and therefore profit. For example, the easier it is to install a new product, the more you will get installed every day.
No matter what industry you are looking at, the odds are that over the last century the products, profit, and overall happiness of workers has been increased by innovations within the work environment. With the marriage of machines and computers that is happening today, industry innovations are advancing into whole new areas, and the results are more jobs, increased productivity, and more uniform products. However, none of this could ever take place without funding from companies like one of our many sponsors, Kingstec.com. Without our sponsors we would not be able to bring you this website.