By Megana Natarajan - July 15, 2020 3 Mins Read
IT leaders are shifting rapidly to digital transformation and automation as part of making the production process seamless; robots have been chosen to be part of the process
More and more industries are showing a keen interest in deploying robots in their business. The devices have already made considerable contributions in sectors like electronics component manufacturing, healthcare, fashion, logistics, energy, and construction, etc.
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Automation tech has come up with robotic automation which makes it easier for the integration of robots in the industrial processes. IT leaders say that before implementing robots, organizations need to identify suitable vendors. They need to follow a structured protocol to identify the vendor. If an off-the-shelf model doesn’t exist, organizations need to appraise vendors based on their technical skills and customization capabilities.
CIOs think that robots need to be categorized based on precision capabilities and interface type. Even employees with zero engineering background should be able to work them with minimum to zero hassle. IT leaders state that it’s imperative to determine why the organization requires a robot.
Till now, manual labor optimization has been the main reason why an organization opts for robotic implementation. The current pandemic fueled slowdown has made the competitive labor resource pool even inaccessible at places. Moreover, an increased cost of living in most countries have made the scenario tough for hiring unskilled and skilled positions both. As a result, solutions like automation which promises better Return of Investment in the long term are an attractive option for C-suite leaders. These solutions can easily automate repeatable tasks, thus saving both time and effort for the organization.
CIOs believe that robots will save money and time, since not only do they eliminate the requirement of manual labor but also the make the need for training and turnover obsolete. Organizations face labor shortages when their processes are highly repetitive resulting in a high worker turnover rate. Robots also ensure the safety of workers by taking up potentially dangerous tasks.
IT leaders point out that post-COVID, the workforce environment will be drastically changed by the need for sanitization and workers’ volatility. Industry leaders say that earlier robots were considered a cause of lost jobs, but now automation solutions will be common sense to workers as they risk infection every time they come to the physical premises.
CIOs say that choosing a vendor depends on the work for which the robot is being implemented and the amount of customization required. Customization is an indicator of how much budget is available for the automation process. Organizations that are already robotics friendly, like the logistics industry, will have a wide range of off-the-shelf solutions available. Robotics contractors and research institutions will provide the most autonomous solutions, say IT leaders.
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Megana Natarajan is a Global News Correspondent with OnDOt Media. She has experience in content creation and has previously created content for agriculture, travel, fashion, energy and markets. She has 3.9 years’ experience as a SAP consultant and is an Engineering graduate.
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