Automation is now days must solutions. Take, for example, the machining industry. Many CNC machine businesses are having trouble hiring qualified machinists. They may now run their CNC machines unattended and decrease their vulnerability to workforce volatility or overcome the problem of finding competent machine operators in their market by incorporating robots and automation into their machine shop.
In this situation, robotics in machining is assisting in the filling of a vacuum that other industries may not be facing, namely a shortage of competent workers with the requisite skills and expertise.
When you add COVID-19 to the mix, you've got a whole new set of problems, since many machine shops aren't able to work at full capacity.
When it comes to the machining business, robots and automation are just getting started... but they're here to stay. Inquire about it. Are you hearing reports of other machine shops using a robotic cell into their machining process? It's spreading faster than you would believe. Even tiny machine shops, of which there are many, are beginning to embrace robots.