Robotics in manufacturing automation isn’t new but it has become more mainstream and more accessible to smaller operations. A study by Price Waterhouse Cooper found that 59% of manufacturers use robotics in some way in their operations. What does this mean for your business’ future?
Enhanced Productivity and Profitability
Robotics are used in industries like automotive, food, beverage, and life sciences manufacturing to perform tasks requiring dexterity that people just don’t have. The new generation of robotics entering the manufacturing scene are lighter, smarter, and more flexible than their predecessors. These new robots can work independently on tasks or perform partial tasks so that people can finish them.
Humans are great at problem-solving and creativity, but when it comes to manipulating tiny objects or keeping an environment sterile, it’s nearly impossible for people to compete with robots. In such cases, robotics adds to a manufacturer’s capabilities. People, and machines, can work together for enhanced productivity and profitability.
New Job Opportunities in Manufacturing Automation
As newer, robotics-fueled systems are added to the workplace, more jobs will be created, according to PwC. People will be needed to program, troubleshoot, and engineer robotics and robotics-powered systems. One-third of U.S. manufacturers agreed that more jobs will be created thanks to the surge in robotics in the manufacturing environment. Manufacturing automation is creating new jobs in addition to those companies have grown accustomed to filling.
Are Robotics in Your Future?
Of course, robotics may be at your plant already, or it may be in your future. Each manufacturing facility must make smart decisions about when it makes sense to upgrade and when it makes sense to continue using manual labor.
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