Automation to improve quality, rather than reduce labor costs

“Automation is not something we do simply to reduce labor. It’s a more a factor of consistency,” Burton said. “In fact, I treat (human) labor as a fixed cost. When things get slow, that’s the time to put people on something you always say you need or want to do but haven’t had time to do.”

Source: Automation grows at local manufacturers | GazetteXtra

Automated systems – and new tooling – as illustrated in this case study, have enabled this manufacturer to gain new customers, expand the business, and put his labor resources to work on new tasks.