What are the requirements for robotics?
No matter what software you use, it basically depends on a rule-based process, just like all tools. No tool can replace intuition or knowledge or the estimation of people. However, it can take over the monotonous tasks at the computer, which I like to call assembly line work at the computer. This includes classics like “copy & paste”, the creation of reports from various data sources (for example from the ERP system, a reporting database and Excel) or the maintenance of master data. All activities that have to be done, and let´s be honest, nobody really wants to do. The important thing is that these are “if-then” processes. The more monotonous and the longer a workflow is, the more frequently it is carried out, the more sources are needed, the more suitable it is for automation with robotics.
All you need is a robotics software, a rule-based process and the ability to implement these processes in the robotics software. The WorkAnizer team will be happy to help you select the robotics software and implement the processes.
So how can digital processes be automated?
Since robotics itself has no (artificial) intelligence, the respective work processes must be taught to the system. Depending on the software provider, there are various possibilities for this and these range from mouse and keyboard operation, image recognition, recognition of icons in a window, to working with coordinates, scripts, interfaces, etc. Thus, automation will hardly fail due to the technical possibilities. Software from robotics suppliers can operate any software that can also be operated by a human being. Restrictions are essentially only in the sense of permissions (what is the robotics software allowed to do) and how well the process is suitable for automation.
In the implementation of automation, robotics must now be taught step by step what needs to be done. For example, an application such as SAP must be opened, then an evaluation must be started and this must be saved. For such a set of work instructions, we are talking about many individual steps, which, depending on the software solution, comprise between 10 and 50 lines of code.
Why is Robotics used?
Especially those processes in your company that have to be done, but for which a human being cannot bring any real added value (such as complex evaluation, opinions, interpretation, decision making without clear rules, …) are ideal for robotics. These processes can become more efficient and effective. In addition, traceability, consistent quality and a process knowledge that can no longer be lost in your company.
Furthermore, robotics not only delivers an automated process. It also questions and simplifies the processes during implementation and implements them in your company in a different and optimized way. Because there is one thing robotics will never replace: The human being who provides input (e.g. the collection of form data) before and continues working with the final result after robotics.
In addition, employee satisfaction increases, since the work is usually stupid and already annoying – who likes to type data from a paper form or does the same excel every day? Employees can be assigned to more meaningful activities that make better use of their respective expertise and special skills.
We hope that this has sharpened the concept of automation as we understand it and what robotics is. As always, if you have any questions, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org , we are looking forward supporting you.
Your WorkAnizer Team