TMCnet Feature
January 21, 2020

Manufacturing Robotics- Making Factories Competitive and Safe

Robotics and manufacturing have been partners for years. Automation has made production efficient, cost-competitive, and safe. With robotics, humans no longer have to perform repetitive tasks, and manufacturers no longer have to worry about margins of error.

What Can Robots Do?

Robotics are used in all corners of factories. They can be used on the manufacturing lines because of their speed and accuracy. Robots are also well-suited for tasks that require small parts or where intricate work is vital.

Stated by urethane manufacturers, they can fill roles that require heavy lifting tasks that would otherwise be dangerous or impossible for human crews to accomplish alone such as transporting items on and off pallets, being submerged underwater for arc welding. Robots generally perform well in material removal and various assembly tasks.

Around the globe, robots are performing repetitive jobs where there is little job satisfaction and no opportunity for advancement. Humans are best at creative tasks while computers are good at repetitive work.


Humans are fully capable of completing underwater welding tasks, robots can get these jobs done faster because they do not need breathing systems and with less risk (i.e. human error).

Robots can work on tough tasks 24 hours per day, and they do not require breaks for meals and don’t have to worry about illness. 

How Do Robots Help Employees?

By filling roles with robots, manufacturers can compete in the global marketplace. Instead of being bogged down with mindless, repetitive functions, employees can focus on thoughtful tasks that help the industry grow and develop.

On the floor and in offices and labs, productivity has increased, thanks to robots letting people be people.

Manufacturing robotics has changed the way that people work in the industry. Robotics has helped keep manufacturing jobs in the United States, as companies that could not become competitive have sent their jobs overseas.

Manufacturing companies that keep factories in the United States have created high-paying, satisfying careers in management, maintenance, and programming.

Robots have also taken away the need for unscrupulous companies to rely on child labor. Since manufacturing robots have a flexible design, they can work with parts that are too small for human fingers.

Product specs often have to be redesigned (by people) so that manufacturing robots can assemble them efficiently.

How Has Robotics Increase Competitiveness?

For years, United States manufacturers sent their jobs overseas because labor costs were less. Now, automation lets home-grown companies stay home. It also allows companies to handle more materials so that they can bid on large contracts.

Manufacturers have found their investments in robots has had a quick return on investment; investments often pay off within two years.

Today’s manufacturers who rely on robots have found that they can get more work done in less time. Manufacturers also find that they use less electricity to power lights and HVAC systems since robots do not require lights or set temperatures.

With robotic manufacturing, employees have become more valuable. An employee on a line was easy to replace. But, an employee who has innovative ideas or who can work with high-tech robotics is more challenging to replace.

In robotic manufacturing, employers can place their employees in other departments to maximize their abilities. Employees have more variety in their day, making them more satisfied and loyal.

» More TMCnet Feature Articles


» More TMCnet Feature Articles