A common perception among small and medium manufacturers is that advanced robotics and automation are out of reach – expensive and time consuming implementations that are simply not a fit for their high-mix/low-volume operations. While that was the case decades ago, the ongoing industry trend to address those challenges has made that more perception than reality.
These efforts are resulting in an increasing range of flexible options from suppliers that can allow even some job shop small manufacturers to realize the competitive benefits of robotics. From collaborative robots with no-code programming and seemingly endless tooling options to machine vision systems with plug and play connectivity and AI enabled defect detection, the pace of new developments is constantly lowering barriers to adoption. While the term ‘advanced robotics’ may still conjure images of massive factories with an army of highly specialized robotic arms along an assembly line producing an endless stream of identical parts, that is no longer accurate and is becoming less so every day.
The key is identifying the value drivers for your business and connecting those with the projects and technology that can bring them to fruition. Whether you tackle those challenges with internal or external resources, Catalyst Connection is here to support your efforts with services like:
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