Everyone can imagine how robots have been used in the automotive sector. One quick look at a vehicle production line, and you will see swathes of industrial robots pulling together the various components that make up the cars we drive today. It has been this way since the 60s & 70s. Robots can build the vehicles quicker, for longer periods of time without fatigue, and with less errors than the staff who were previously on the production line. The staff who would have building the cars manually have transitioned their skills into supporting, maintaining, and repairing the robots so they can do their job.
RPA is no different in the 21st century
Robotic Process Automation is the modern-day equivalent of steam engines and industrial robots. UiPath software robots pick up the repetitive, computer based processes that human staff used to do. But these robots are not constrained by the same limitations that we are. We are only able to execute a certain number of tasks in our 8/9 hour day, but we need to also be doing the rest of our day jobs (because the repetitive tasks are generally the distractions).
The automotive sector has already undergone this secondary revolution using robots, just this time around its been with software robots. We have clients within leasing, dealerships, vehicle remarketing and even automotive data organisations who already use RPA. There are countless back office processes that can be picked up by robots (AP within Finance, onboarding & offboarding within HR, and even tasks like returns processing within Supply Chain functions).
Automotive specific use case
However, the biggest benefit gainers and savings have been linked to front office and have a direct impact on the success of the business. Within one automotive group we have developed an automation where the robots calculate the prices of available leases from across 5 different applications, and then posts the best price. Because a robot does not take holidays, coffee breaks, works midnight-midnight and not 9-5, and does not make human error and need to go back for rework, the benefits have been massive. The amount of prices they have been able to post each month has increased by a factor of 10x. This directly results in increased revenue for the company.
Chances are, there will be repetitive, routine processes that consume the time of your staff and a lot of the time, keep them away from dealing directly with customers or stakeholders. If you want to look under the hood at your operations and see where you can use software robots to help your operation, get in touch at sales@Centelli.com.