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Cobots by UR Help Manufacturers to Overcome the Labour Shortage

February 3, 2023

Universal Robots (UR) is on the cutting edge with its industrial automation solutions, particularly collaborative robot arms (or “cobots”), which are available from Advanced Motion & Controls Ltd. A major benefit of UR cobots is their ability to fill urgent labour gaps, especially during the current international labour crisis.

With worldwide industry handicapped by a shortage of skilled labour, UR can help by automating difficult, repetitive processes while moving current employees to more rewarding positions.

Complicated challenge to overcome

The lack of skilled workers is a complicated challenge that needs to be overcome. This crisis has affected manufacturers for years, especially in Europe, where three out of four companies reported having difficulty finding the right workers in 2019. No improvement is currently in sight, so businesses and other decision makers must collectively care for the workforce, since people are the most important economical resource.

A variety of factors has led to this insufficient worldwide labour supply. First, the population of Boomers is getting older and retiring earlier, while fewer young people are entering the labour market. In the United Kingdom alone, this changing demographic is causing the largest shortage of skilled workers since 1989. Second, countries need to find new ways to attract external labour. Getting skilled workers to apply for high-demand fields is a long-term issue, but many companies have immediate requirements.

Businesses today need to rethink their policies and workplace culture to appear more attractive to potential employees. For example, salary is no longer the main determining factor for many young people, who are more interested in engaging work, remote options, flexible hours, and better work-life balance. Finally, manufacturers must consistently invest in developing and expanding new technologies. The current digitization of manufacturing processes favours automation; even partial automation cushions the effects of demographic change, boosts efficiency and reliability, and enables production at full capacity.

Cobots from UR fill these gaps

Advanced Motion & Controls can deliver UR cobots quickly to fill these urgent labour gaps. At least 20 million manufacturing positions worldwide have automatable tasks, allowing existing workers to move to safer, more fulfilling jobs.

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