Robots are cropping up in every industry, from consumer goods to manufacturing to hospitality, and everywhere in between. It’s no secret that robots will change the way we live and work, but the adoption of automated solutions in the United States has been slow going. According to a recent study by PWC, 41% of manufacturing companies surveyed said they do not currently use robotics technology and they don’t intend to in the next three years.
This study cites the perception of cost effectiveness of robots, that robots displace workers and lower morale, and insufficient resources and expertise to run the robots as the reason for reluctance to adopt robots into the workforce. These perceptions are based on the “Big Bang” theory of automation: that robots can be introduced to a workplace suddenly and instantly achieve complete automation for some processes. However, by introducing robots to the workplace incrementally, potentially negative impact to worker morale is mitigated, and expertise can be acquired through on-the- job introduction to new tools. By doing so, the robot’s ROI increases steadily over time.
How is it possible to introduce a robot over time? Through paying keen attention to safety first.
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