What Lies Ahead for Sheet Metal Fabrication Industry?

Robotic automation has found its way in numerous industries, with its features include increasing production, minimizing downtime, and 24/7 operations. 

Fremont, CA: The increase of mobile robots and cobots (a combination of collaborative robotics) enhances performance and reduces the accident rate in fabulous stores, but the challenge of job loss appears– and being swept under the carpet. Many believe that automation is a real danger to the manpower across many markets, including sheet metal, but even though employees could be displaced, jobs are growing simultaneously.

The only differentiating factor is that these professions are for those who understand, improve, and fix these robots instead of carrying out the same work. An increase in smart factories stimulates what’s being called The 4th Industrial Transformation. The advent of automation has changed the American factory, rendering numerous low-skilled tasks redundant. The fast-spreading innovations such as robotics and 3D printing will exacerbate this pattern. For instance, a human welder earns nearly $25 per hour, including the benefits, the equivalent operating cost-per-hour for a robotic is around $8.

The workers had transitioned from the fields to the factories. And now, they are moving from factories to service counters and health care centers. The fastest increasing jobs in America are nurses, individual care assistants, waiters, cooks, retail sales representatives, and operations supervisors because robots take up the factory jobs. Therefore, even though the blue-collar employees, such as sheet metal fabricators and welders, make three times the average base pay, people are moving onto retail and healthcare.

Numerous manufacturers had to send jobs offshore because they were unable to compete with low-cost foreign labor. Automation now allows the manufacturing to compete by creating more jobs in robotics and associated fields.

Engineering, Programming, end-effector design, data analysts, operators, robot manufacturing, and systems integration are required. Humans are needed to help service the machines. Robots help manufacturers reduce costs and bring jobs back to the United States, opening more jobs for U.S. workers. Robots also protect the workers from repetitive, mundane, and dangerous tasks that could negatively impact their ability to work.

Robotic automation provides manufacturers with growing opportunities to save on costs, improve production, and remain competitive. The return on investment can equal the growth that increases profits and creates jobs for a community and savings for customers.

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