Solving the Biggest Manufacturing Challenges with Robots
Facing challenges is nothing new for manufacturers. Manufacturing has always had its fair share of issues. This is why manufacturers have been quick to accept robotic automation as a way of solving these issues. When tasks were deemed too dangerous, the FANUC Arcmate 100ic/6L and other industrial robots automated those jobs to create safer production floors. When quality control issues arose, articulated robots were implemented to improve product quality with their accuracy. Events over the past couple of years have brought about new challenges for manufacturers, while emphasizing old ones. Fortunately, the solution for these new obstacles remains the same and that is implementing robotic automation.
Dealing with increasing costs is not necessarily a new issue for manufacturers. However, the rapid rate in which material and labor costs have increased with inflation and material shortages is. The best way to combat high costs is to automate with the Yaskawa MA1440 and other robotic manipulators. The accuracy of robots reduces errors and material waste. Their efficiency means less consumables are utilized. With the consumption of fewer materials and supplies, production costs are lowered. Not only are they lowered, but they also become consistent and predictable for better budget planning. Manufacturing robot arms are also less expensive to operate and maintain than manual labor. Automating with robots means there are fewer salaries and benefits to pay while fewer utilities are consumed, further lowering costs.
In recent years, manufacturers have been dealing with supply chain disruptions. The offshoring of manufacturing has resulted in many key components of products being manufactured in other countries. Logistic issues and manufacturing disruptions have caused several supply chain issues resulting in major delays in the manufacturing of certain goods. The growth of robotic automation has started a new trend and that is the re-shoring of manufacturing. Six axis robots can operate for much less than the cost of offshoring, allowing many manufacturers to bring back their operations to the U.S. With more domestic manufacturing the less likely we are to see supply chain disruptions.
Manufacturing is facing a severe labor shortage. As older workers are retiring there are fewer and fewer younger workers available to take their place. This is especially apparent for skilled labor positions such as welding. Not only are there fewer workers available, manufacturers are also dealing with high turnover. Industrial robot arms are becoming a necessity for manufacturers in order to combat the labor shortage. Automating with the ABB IRB 1600 provides the skillset of an experienced welder only without the expensive salary and time onboarding. Automating with factory robots provides consistent and reliable labor that will not quit on you and will last for years.
In the past manufacturers mainly faced domestic competition. However, with the expansion of e-commerce competition has expanded to those around the world. Greater competition means manufacturers need more of an edge to remain relevant. Automating with robot manipulators allows manufacturers to stay competitive in the global marketplace. Lower costs allows companies to offer their products at competitive prices. The productivity of industrial robotic arms means manufacturers can keep up with customer demand. The accuracy of robots results in better quality products, improving customer satisfaction and retention.
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