It is no secret that the implementation of robots in the workplace has caused a steady increase in productivity in almost every situation they are put in, and soon they will be more affordable for smaller businesses.
A new line of mechanics called “cobots” have been created to work alongside employees. The advanced robots have sensors to prevent causing harm to peers. These cobots will soon be as cheap as $25,000.
Jobs get finished quicker and more consistently when you have a machine programmed to do the same thing over and over again. But it also can have a negative aspect.
While these robots can make life easier at work, it can make things even more difficult. They are eliminating the need for certain employees. Why pay a worker to do something a robot can do for free? The answer is obvious. Some companies have found ways around that. Factories have been able to retrain employees to be able to handle the robots. As stated in an article from Bloomberg:
At Task Force Tips, which makes fire-hose nozzles, a vision-guided robot performs a task a person used to do, grabbing a half-finished valve from a miller and handing it off to a mechanized partner that feeds it into the final processor. By adding a dozen bots over the past four years, McMillan said, he’s been able to keep the family business thriving in the face of stiff competition from lower-wage countries including China.
Other reports say that while jobs are being eliminated by this technology, they create more than they erase. The article states that robots eliminate roughly 610,000 jobs and create around 950,000 jobs.
This article gives a good perspective on some positives and negatives of robots in the workplace. It also shines light on robots becoming more accessible to smaller businesses and organizations. The small business owner can start taking serious interest in some robotic help.
The article finishes with a brief explanation of small and medium businesses being hesitant to make the move to robots and even referenced one of the companies stating “We’re not giving the good jobs to robots.”
At the end of the day some businesses like progression, and some prefer the old way, but one thing is for sure – pretty soon they will play a major role in businesses.