For many, the introduction of robotics into the workplace spells nothing but trouble, with job losses being the main fear. At one time, the thought of robots at work would have been nothing more than an idea in a sci-fi movie or book. But it is real and it is happening right now.
By the end of 2019, there will be more than 1.4 million new industrial robots ensconced in factories across the world. And to keep ahead of the curve, industries must consider the integration of robots into their workplaces.
But why should they? What benefits are there for any industry to take on robotic automation?
A Reduction in Costs
For a lot of companies, the use of robotic automation will result in a decrease in human labor costs. Every company knows the high cost of human labor. And by comparison, once the purchase costs of a robotic team are out of the way, the only costs involved are power and maintenance.
This is where the biggest fears lie.
But is this really such bad news for humans?
The simple answer is, no.
The robots will only take away the mundane, repetitive, and time-consuming tasks that humans do, along with jobs that are dangerous for humans to undertake. Once you take that work away from a human worker, you are giving them more time to complete the important areas of their jobs. We all know someone who says most of their time is taken up with this kind of work, leaving them little time to do their real jobs. And a robotic workforce will give them that time. Plus, it boosts morale and allows employees to concentrate on their expertise and on fully realizing their real potential within the company.
Accuracy and Quality
It really is quite simple: When a human is not doing a job, there is no chance of human error. Robotic workers are accurate, precise, and exact, executing a job with a minimum amount of error. And fewer errors will always mean a higher quality of work or product, and less wastage on materials. That equals a higher profit margin. And better accuracy and quality means less frustration within the company and happy clients.
This makes complete sense. Unlike humans, robots do not need sleep and they do not need to take breaks. They can work 24/7, 365 days a year, if needs be. Plus, robots can be programmed to complete their tasks in the dark whereas human requires a decent light source. That equals a very fast turnaround time with much lower costs and a vastly increased amount of work.
Better Customer Experience
Leading on from that, if a company can produce more in less time and of better quality, it follows that their customers are going to be much happier. That leads to more referrals via word of mouth, and less time spent having to keep frustrated, unhappy clients happy. Everyone wins.
Robot technologies improve with every year that passes, and today’s robots can now perform the most complex of tasks within the workplace. This eliminates the need for hiring specialist employees, or having to create, at vast expense, specialized jobs. It also ensures that those tasks that are complex and difficult can be done with the minimum amount of fuss, and no errors.
That is just five of the benefits of using robotics in the workplace brings. No company will turn down a reduction in costs, improvement in quality and production, and faster turnaround time. Which is why every company, large or small, is expected to be using some form of robotic automation within the next 10 years or so.