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Automation can Increase Productivity and Employee Pool

Automated solutions like robots and CNC systems began integrating into the workplace during the 1960s and have since then become more and more popular and readily-available. This is because automated solutions truly do help maximize productivity and efficiency.
With a shallow labor pool, more and more companies and industries are adopting a larger amount of automated solutions in the workplace.
In this blog post, we will examine how automation, like mobile cobots , can help increase productivity and also your potential employee pool. After installing a program on the robotic arm, a female engineer with a robotic arm controller performs a test run.

Are Jobs Lost To Automation?

Over the years you may hear a negative connotation around robots and automated technology in the workplace because some claim automation is stealing jobs. However, more people are realizing that this is not necessarily the case , and that there is a wide range of benefits that automated solutions provide.
When automation is introduced into the workplace, often times the number of jobs actually increases. This is because your company’s productivity will increase, so more hands are usually required to keep up with that new production pace.

New Jobs Created by Automation

Employees who were previously holding manual labor positions and saw those jobs removed from automation can still benefit with the new opening for employees to be trained to operate the robots or other automation solutions. In these cases the jobs weren’t totally lost, just changed into a new position with new responsibilities.
For example, let’s take a look at the automotive industry. One of the oldest challenges in the auto industry has been the safety concerns of employees on the assembly line floor. There’s a chance employees may be injured using equipment or handling materials, and they are also at a greater risk of developing repetitive motion injuries. This can create a job cycle with high turnover rates.
By integrating automated solutions in to the automotive industry, like our partners at FANUC have done, precision and efficiency. This not only has made auto-industry employees more safe, but has also helped create new jobs for those employees that involve robot maintenance, monitoring and more.

Warehouses Continue To Hire Employees At High Rates

The market for automated solutions in warehouses and distribution centers in the U.S. was expected to increase in 2018 from $13 billion to $27 billion by 2025. Even with this surge in automated technology, employees are needed more than ever.
In most cases, a fully-automated warehouse isn’t a practical business model. These kinds of businesses will benefit from implementing automated technology to help receive and send out product at a faster pace. In this type of scenario, employees are involved in handling goods during the fulfillment process.
Fulfillment centers are anticipated to create many more jobs in the coming years for companies to meet consumers’ growing hunger for e-commerce goods.

Automation And People Can Work Side By Side

The adoption of automation solutions is helping is transforming what the workplace looks like. Companies are becoming more fast and efficient, but the addition of robots isn’t taking jobs away. They are just creating a new path with new types of jobs that are safer and cleaner for people.
If you are interested in integrating automated solutions into your workplace, call TW Automation today. Our team of engineers has been working right alongside the rapid growth of automated solutions and industrial robots for more than two decades.