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3 myths around the use of robots in the workplace

Dec 20, 2016

When new technology enters the market, there are always myths and misconceptions about its impact on existing systems. Even though people may have little knowledge or experience with innovation, they can still have misinformed ideas about how it all works.

Robotics is a classic example of this. Despite the fact that the International Federation of Robotics reports that there will be more than 1.4 million new industrial robots in use by 2019, there are still whispers from some corners about what this means for the world of manufacturing and production.

In this article, we’ll bust three of the most common myths around robotics!

Myth 1: Robots are an expensive investment

When thinking about automation and robotics, the cost is often one of the biggest headaches for business owners. However, while there is an investment, compared to the cost of new manual equipment, a robotic solution can be a cost-effective avenue.

Robotics doesn’t have to break the bank.

Design Energy can assess your automation requirements and design/install a robot that is specific to your various applications. Of course, if your product line or demand changes, most robots can be reconfigured and redeployed quickly – saving you on the bottom line!

Myth 2: Robots are destined to take jobs

The world of robotics has enabled more high wage positions to be established.

If a robot replaces a human, is this bad for society? It’s a simple question, but one that leads many to think that adopting robotics isn’t the right approach for jobs. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Although robots can perform many manual tasks that humans have done in the past, technology itself creates more jobs than it replaces. Across engineering, manufacturing, programming, and maintenance, the world of robotics has enabled more high wage positions to be established – helping the economy in the process.

Myth 3: Robots are complex and difficult to operate

If you run an SME manufacturing operation in New Zealand and have grown through manual processes, then it is possible to believe that robots are slightly out of your league. Of course, as technology has developed, even those with limited knowledge can accurately run and operate these systems.

At Design Energy, we understand this myth and will support your employees throughout the design and installation process. In fact, we will also help to train operators and programmers as you gain confidence with automation.

If you would like to learn more about robotics, automation and how it can benefit your business, get in touch with the team at Design Energy today.

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