Automation of woodworking processes, the main issues, requirements and goals of the manufacturing industry have changed significantly in recent decades. Those who have been operating according to old standards and processes in the industry for years will sooner or later have to restructure their existing woodworking manufacturing process. By introducing more suitable automation technology, companies would become more successful and competitive in the market. Undoubtedly, this transition to modernization also has a positive impact on the national economy.
Automation and mechanization as a path to development
Automation involves the introduction of technology, computer programs, algorithms or even robotic machinery into steps of the manufacturing process that were previously performed by humans.
The wood industry still has conservative and traditional companies that are product oriented and use the same woodworking methods as they did 50 years ago. However, the number of such companies is decreasing every year. Today, more and more companies choose to refocus their attention on the market and customers. It only means that the company needs to increase its range of services and produce products with higher added value.
Although there are significant improvements in the primary and secondary stages of wood processing, such as high-capacity sawmills, high-performance wood processing equipment and continuous wood panel presses, things like new process technologies and production concepts need to be developed. Wood industry companies must operate in an ecologically efficient manner at every stage and process of production.
The need for skilled labor
Therefore, if the automation and mechanization of woodworking processes takes place, a more qualified and educated workforce is needed. The workforce must be competent enough to supervise and manage the operation of production equipment and processes. If until now people with a low qualification level could find a job in the woodworking industry, in the future there will be fewer such vacancies. Companies will need equipment operators with technical knowledge. In several countries, woodworking and other industries face a shortage of skilled labor, which will result in a significant increase in personnel training in such specific areas.
If you’re thinking about modernizing and improving the efficiency of your sawmill, keep in mind that investing in smart equipment, which is a big investment at first, will not only increase the efficiency and added value of your production and processing processes, but also open up new market opportunities and save you money on rising labor costs.