With more companies looking for lean manufacturing solutions, industrial manufacturing robots provide many benefits that companies require to stay competitive. The speed, repeatability, and efficiency that industrial robots provide can increase productivity and profits, reduce costs, and keep jobs in the United States.
Productivity and Profits
With no need to take breaks and the ability to work 24/7, a manufacturing robot can increase productivity dramatically. Higher rates of throughput mean higher profits. Manufacturing robots help produce products much faster than traditional manufacturing methods by decreasing part cycle times. The very nature of manufacturing robots lends itself to creating a leaner, more efficient manufacturing cycle.
Industrial manufacturing robots do not require an hourly wage. Other than the cost of maintenance, a company pays for a manufacturing robot once. The initial cost of an industrial manufacturing robot can seem daunting, but the return on investment (ROI) can quickly be realized after implementation. A company can expect a ROI on their industrial manufacturing robot in six months to one year.
Also, manufacturing robots provide better quality parts. For example, an arc welding robot provides high quality weld seams, making the weld strong and the part more durable. Because of high repeatability, reworking time is nearly eliminated when using manufacturing robots.
Keeping Jobs in the United States
The myth that the implementation of industrial robots in manufacturing will lead to massive unemployment is just that - a myth. The fact is that many companies that want to cut costs consider both outsourcing jobs to countries with cheaper labor costs and integrating industrial robots into their production lines. Cost analyses have confirmed that outsourcing jobs and integrating robots provide about the same amount of savings, almost 60% in some cases. The benefits of integrating manufacturing robots and not outsourcing labor are that jobs will stay in the United States and product quality will actually improve. A manufacturing robot can typically produce parts at a much higher quality than outsourced labor.
As for the notion of manufacturing robots replacing workers, this is true to some extent. However, the jobs that are replaced are tedious, monotonous, and possibly dangerous jobs. Lifting heavy pieces onto a table or skid for eight hours a day can result in injuries and other health problems. A manufacturing robot can do the same work without putting humans in harm's way. The jobs that are lost to robots are minimal and counteracted by the opportunity of new positions in the company. Instead of moving heavy parts, a worker can learn to program or perform maintenance on the manufacturing robot. In total, robots in manufacturing do not always result in a net loss of labor.
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