Manufacturing Automation Systems Improve Output
Manufacturing automation systems are changing the way manufacturing works and improving productivity. Also, they enable companies to become more competitive. Nowadays, the adoption of robots is at the forefront around the world because the manufacturer acknowledges the role that robots have to play within all industries.
With this in mind, robotic automation is enabling new business models for new products and helping companies improve efficiency and flexibility by delivering products fast and on time.
Also, more and more SMEs are automating, which is an indication of trust in the technology but to gain complete trust government needs to support and encourage the investment in robotic automation systems and to continue researching robotics to incentive companies to update their systems.
Robotic Automation Statistics
Robotic Automation companies in the UK are aware of the low density in the take up of robotics in comparison with Asia or countries within the EU. However, leaving the EU may contribute to the UK’s slow adoption of robotic systems. In fact, it is evident though that companies are waiting for the outcome of Brexit and what follows in the years to come.
United Kingdom is ranking 22nd in robot density in the world average according to IFR International Federation of Robotics. As a result, UK’s SMEs are in high need of outside guidance and support in those first steps needed in taking on board robotic manufacturing processes in the place of their current largely manual production methodology.
Industrial Automation Investment and Training
Other areas of uncertainty concerning automation are the robotic system investment and training needed for more qualified staff to take the company through the first steps of instigating the adoption of robotics. Unfortunately, not all companies include regular training periods for their teams. Besides, we consider that robot training is essential in the decision process for whether manufacturers adopt robotic automation or not.
One common stumbling block is that there is a misconception that robots taking over jobs. However, employees need to understand that learning new skills in a robotic system opens the door to new job opportunities.
Misconceptions with regards to Robots
According to IFR in their article Robots and the Workplace of the Future Positioning, they stated: “Each time a new wave of automation technologies is rolled out, there are fears that swathes of professions will become extinct with employees unable to find alternative work. In some cases, professions have indeed become extinct. In other cases, automation replaced specific tasks but at the same time created greater demand for a more in-depth job profile.”
It is evident that there is a need for quality professional and talented engineers to fill the gap of a deficit in robotic expertise often found in those companies that are thinking to automate their production. Especially since the future of increased robotic integration taking place is imminent and it is a good idea to prepare the staff now.
Manufacturing Automation Systems Solutions
Phoenix provides manufacturing process solutions for all industries, for example, aerospace, car industry, plastic industry, environmental, food & beverage and entertainment industry to mention some of them. Some of the most common robot applications for manufacturing operation are Robotic welding systems, Milling, palletising and robot painting applications just to mention some.