May 30, 2023

Robots Pick Up More Work at Busy Factories


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Explore the cutting-edge integration of robotics in modern factories. Learn how automation is boosting efficiency and reshaping manufacturing. Our deep dive into 'Robots in Factories' reveals how they're not just aiding but also revolutionizing work in high-demand environments. From increasing production speed to ensuring precision and safety, find out how robots are becoming indispensable in today's busiest factories. Stay ahead with insights on the latest robotic technologies and their impact on industry dynamics.

Key Takeaways

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, workplace robot orders jumped by 40% during this year’s first quarter; ‘Before, you could throw people at a problem’. Robots are turning up on more factory floors and assembly lines as companies struggle to hire enough workers to fill rising orders.

Orders for workplace robots in the U.S. increased by a record 40% during the first quarter compared with the same period in 2021, according to the Association for Advancing Automation, the robotics industry’s trade group. Robot orders, worth $1.6 billion, climbed 22% in 2021, following years of stagnant or declining order volumes, the group said.

Rising wages and worker shortages, compounded by increases in Covid-19-related absenteeism, are changing some manufacturers’ attitudes about robotics, executives said. “Before, you could throw people at a problem instead of finding a more elegant solution,” said Joe Montano, chief executive officer of Delphon Industries LLC, a maker of packaging for semiconductors, medical devices and aerospace components.

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