Myth #1 – Robots Will Take Away Jobs
Do robots take away jobs?- Robots are purpose-built for handling heavy lifting, repetitive, or mundane tasks that are either unsafe for an operator or are unfulfilling for someone to do. That said, most automation will still require human interaction to make function, meaning that the operator now gets to perform a more challenging and fulfilling role within production while also allowing greater flexibility to the business as a whole for where to allocate the available resources.
So yes, robots take the jobs that we don’t want to or shouldn’t do and allow our production teams to elevate their skill sets, creating an environment that’s more fulfilling and challenging to our workforce. Robotic Automation’s purpose isn’t to replace human jobs but to redefine the approach toward certain job functions to prioritize business growth and provide a more fulfilling challenge.
Myth #2- Robots Are Not Energy Efficient
Quite the opposite. Robotic Automation can lower energy consumption. Also, robots work at higher speeds, increasing production rates to make manufacturing more time and energy efficient.
Today’s robots are designed to consume less energy, which leads to lower operating costs. Robotic Automation can help you optimize your costs, increase efficiency, and simplify your operations—all while providing greater flexibility to scale up or down.
Myth #3 - It's Complicated And Will Take Too Long To Get Up And Running
When people think about setting up Robotic Automation at their facility, they often picture a highly complicated process. But it doesn’t have to be difficult. For many companies, the first step is picking the correct application and equipment and deciding where to use it in your workflow.
Exact can create a Robotic Automation Simulation so you can see how the robot works in your workspace and get a targeted idea of speed and the process. You can plan accordingly for installation, downtime, business needs, etc.
Myth #4 - It's Going To Take Us Years To Pay Off That Robot
This will depend greatly on how your business is run today and how you evaluate your investment’s payback. While some automation can be very competitive head-to-head with labor through options like Robotics-as-a-Service, most automation does more than just take the place of your labor costs.
What opportunities are there for increased production volumes? Are you setting up this new production resource to be flexible enough to run multiple products or new products? Is quality a concern with high scrap rates or returned products? Are safety and ergonomic factors exposing your business and, more importantly, your employees to unnecessary risks? Is your business exposed to risks of unreliable labor?
These factors play a part in determining the payback period on your automation investment. Exact can help your team evaluate these factors, and with the right vision for your business, you can be confident that your investment will produce the results you need for years to come.