As we’ve seen since the start of the pandemic, workers need a helping hand to attain the standards that consumers expect. This need becomes even more pressing as new mutating variants will sporadically place facilities in and out of high alert. But it's not just workers that robots are able to help — it's also managers.
Modern autonomous machines generate performance data from the work they undertake, which can then be visualized and analyzed by organizations wishing to improve their operations. Managers can interpret data generated by machines that are in use, see what adjustments need to be made, and then judge how best to direct their teams and technology.
Industrial facilities and consumer-facing outlets will always require human staff, able to focus on higher value tasks and responsibilities. By allocating robots to the heavy lifting — performing mundane, routine tasks and those that come with safety risks — operations and worker welfare are improved.
After the Pandemic
The current labor crisis has created challenges and subsequent workarounds that will exist well into the future. In a survey undertaken by Modern Materials Handling, respondents signaled that they were more likely to pursue a robust technology investment approach. More specifically, the survey indicated that far fewer industry professionals are postponing automation investments, the number decreasing from 41% in 2020, to 23% in 2021.
This pandemic has demonstrated the significant opportunities generated by automation in critical, high-value sectors that generate consumer goods. Across multiple industries, leaders are building more sustainable operations by combining the data-driven sophistication of automated robots with human teams — a trend which is ultimately working to everybody’s best interests.
Michel Spruijt is the senior vice president of international business and general manager of Brain Corp Europe. Spruijl is responsible for partner support, team expansion, and the oversight of general operations throughout the region.