When we watch the latest tech development videos or read the latest tech news, we see a lot of the content covering robotics and how far this field has gone. We can’t help but think “Very soon, robots will replace all human workers.” Even though we are closer than ever to this scenario, things are a bit more complicated, so there is no reason to hold our breath just yet.

There are still some obstacles or barriers preventing us to fully utilize machines as our workforce, and here we are going to discuss those issues. The following are the major barriers that we should look out for when trying to implement robotics as our workforce.

Skills and experience

Many don’t understand, but even physical work requires you to be fully focused. Today, 75% of manufacturing companies are in need of skilled workers who are highly educated. So, it would be wrong to assume that physical work is simply moving stuff around and that a common robot could easily take over.  

In other words, you would need to calibrate the machines perfectly, and even after that, you will have to monitor them. It is still not possible to allow machines to operate independently, so human involvement will and should always be a necessity.

Fortunately, with competent engineering services, it is possible to create a machine that can accurately perform the majority of physical tasks, which would indeed boost the production efficiency tremendously.

Cost of technology

Even large companies would have difficulties purchasing robots, let alone small business operations. The providers are aware of this as well, so companies currently offer robotics as a service rather than a product.

In other words, you rent a robot instead of purchasing it outright, and you get to see just how effective it can be, and whether it can indeed reduce your production costs. This is a great way to implement robotics and not strain your budget at the same time.

Here is a short list of the companies that currently offer robotic services, and that is highly utilized by other lines of work:

  • ABB Ltd – It is a robotics company that covers a wide range of services in terms of robotics and modular manufacturing.
  • Fanuc Corp – They are more renowned for their flexible solutions regarding manufacturing on both large and small scale.
  • Sterraclimb – Finally if you need robots to do your heavy lifting, then you can rely on Sterraclimb to supply you.

Safety

The final challenge is safety since human workers still need to be present, and robots can easily hurt them. Of course, this has nothing to do with A.I. like in the Terminator movies; it is simply because robots operate how they are programmed and if it takes time to abort a certain command, people might not get out of the way fast enough to avoid getting hurt.

Fortunately, companies are actively working on installing competent safety measures. These measures usually require a robot to act differently when a human is present in the same room or area. They can either stop working immediately, or slow down, or reduce the amount of force they apply.

As you can see, robotics is becoming more and more reliable with each passing day, but at the same time, there are new obstacles that hinder its implementation. However, everyone is working hard on overcoming these challenges, and one day we will have an automated workforce we can rely on.

If you think you can benefit from robotics at your workplace, go ahead and rent a few of them, you will be surprised with the results.

Catherine Park, BackOfficePro https://www.backofficepro.com/