Issues in Manufacturing

Mar 25, 2012

Industrial robots have been able to increase the productivity and efficiency of a variety of application's production lines. However, it does not come without issues or challenges while things are being integrated and ironed out. It is important to understand their are growing pains that will soon resolve and be worth it in the end.


Man­u­fac­tur­ing has become a high­ly com­pet­i­tive field of work. High­er prod­uct demands and increased com­plex­i­ty have pushed com­pa­nies to the limits. 

Chang­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es can be chal­leng­ing. It may dri­ve up ini­tial costs due to pur­chas­ing or mov­ing around machin­ery, equip­ment and tool­ing. More empha­sis on lean process­es is cru­cial to com­pete with over­seas competitors. 

One solu­tion for man­u­fac­tur­ing issues is to incor­po­rate a robot sys­tem. They are extreme­ly flex­i­ble in the types of tasks they can per­form, eas­i­er to move around and increase prod­uct through­put. Hav­ing a diverse robot in a man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny can help reduce costs because it can be used for mul­ti­ple appli­ca­tions. It is all in the mat­ter of chang­ing out the end of arm tool­ing and programming. 

Man­u­fac­tur­ing can also involve extreme work envi­ron­ments or tedious tasks that after time can become harm­ful or bor­ing to employ­ees. Indus­tri­al elim­i­nate the haz­ardous work con­di­tions from affect­ing work­ers and increase prod­uct rates with con­sis­tent performance.

Tech­nol­o­gy is always chang­ing and improv­ing. Stay­ing a front run­ner in a man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny involves cre­ativ­i­ty and will­ing­ness to change. Indus­tri­al robots not only can help with automat­ing a process, it also helps keep local jobs. Many man­u­fac­tur­ers have been forced to shut down because of the cheap labor that is avail­able over­seas. How­ev­er, by intro­duc­ing a robot into pro­duc­tion lines, com­pa­nies can gain a com­pet­i­tive edge and stay in the cur­rent loca­tion. Some may argue that a weld­ing robot replaces a welder’s job. But there is still a need for a pro­gram­mer and a tech­ni­cian to be involved in oper­at­ing the robot. Times are chang­ing and so are spe­cial skill sets. 

Robot edu­ca­tion is anoth­er man­u­fac­tur­ing issue. Robots​.com has been work­ing with edu­ca­tion pro­grams for many years to help incor­po­rate robot tech­nol­o­gy into schools. The indus­tri­al robot is essen­tial to help reduce costs in the man­u­fac­tur­ing world. By pro­vid­ing more edu­ca­tion on robot oper­at­ing and pro­gram­ming, high­er qual­i­ty employ­ees are produced.

If you would like to learn more about how to incor­po­rate an indus­tri­al robot into your man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny, con­tact Robots​.com online or at 8777626881. Robots​.com pro­vides both new and used indus­tri­al robots. 

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