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    There's no doubt that automation is doing some amazing things in the world of manufacturing. 

    But, does that mean it's right for everyone?

    Of course not. 

    Here's why automation might not be the best option and an alternative. 

    Why automation isn't for everyone

    Large scale automation simply isn't attainable for all manufacturers, and it doesn't always make sense. 

    Forbes said, "t could be an opportunity cost problem; for smaller firms, investing in the basics for growing the business usually makes a lot more sense than spending on high-tech equipment."

    Automation is expensive, and for smaller manufacturers it makes a lot more sense to spend money on other things!

    The alternative

    A great alternative to large scale automation would be machine monitoring. 

    This is applicable for all kinds of manufacturers at all stages!

    As Forbes said, "One of the most under-reported advantages of the IIoT is the many solutions that are now on offer to improve the performance of existing equipment and manufacturing systems."

    Fix machines before they break, reduce downtime, and make informed decisions through real-time data. 

    This technology is how you can stay ahead without automation. 

    The Manufacturer said, "In order to remain competitive in today’s global markets, manufacturers need to drive innovation by placing the most skilled employees in agile, modern facilities, while minimising downtime, mitigating risk and protecting intellectual property."

    So, what makes more sense for your business? Automation, machine monitoring, or both?

    How can you utilize technology to help you grow?

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