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  ABB COLUMN DON’T HOLD BACK ON INVESTING


Manufacturers in the UK are reluctant to invest in robotics due to a misconception that robotic automation is too complex and expensive. In the past, the investment cost of robotics and automated technology


was relatively high, with the return on investment expected to be achieved over a number of years. With advancements in technology such as SafeMove 2, which allows operators to work alongside robots without the need for safety fencing, you may be surprised at how cost-effective robotic automation is now. According to Management Consultancy firm McKinsey


& Company , robots have in fact dropped in price by over half in the last thirty years whilst ‘advances in computing power, software-development techniques and networking technologies have made assembling, installing and maintaining robots faster and less costly than before.’ Virtual commissioning and offline programming software is also being used prior to installation, simplifying the process and significantly reducing downtime. Robot technology also delivers benefits such as


added flexibility and productivity. For example, Stoke- based ceramics producer Wade Ceramics recently installed ABB robots for accuracy during the kiln and glazing process allowing the company to achieve consistently high-quality products across its varied portfolio of flagon containers. Recently a study conducted by the IET predicted that


in the coming years there will be a shortage of around 59,000 engineers and technicians. Especially during such uncertain times, robotic automation offers an opportunity for businesses to fill the skills gap. Another survey conducted by The Engineer shows that the UK manufacturing industry is lagging behind other countries due to the unwillingness to invest and change production methods. We should avoid a culture of short-termism


whereby investments are only made if a quick return is guaranteed. If you’re looking for more information on why you


should make the investment in robot technology, join us at our Switch to Robot seminar this month. http://bit.ly/S2R2019


Nigel Platt LBL manager UK and Ireland – ABB Robotics





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