Sustainability ranks high on the global and political agenda as countries and regions set out energy and emission targets as part of climate change-related commitments. Universal Robots, like many other companies, is working to make its own working practices and production more sustainable. What makes a manufacturing process more environmentally ‘sustainable’?
As you research automation options, it’s hard to ignore the cobot buzz. Since collaborative robots entered the scene a decade ago, they’ve made automation accessible and affordable for many organizations for whom traditional robotics were out of reach. Collaborative robots were designed to be lightweight and easy to use.
Manufacturers are used to living between a rock and a hard place – and navigating the space between. Demand vs. supply. Consumer appetites for customized product and their expectations for ever-lowering costs. The list goes on. So the current tug-of-war over if, when, and where a recession will hit is not unchartered territory.
The long-standing industrial practice of outsourcing manufacturing operations to low-cost parts of the world in order to keep manufacturing costs down has recently taken a dramatic turn. With rapidly rising labor costs in traditionally low-cost countries such as China, manufacturers are now experiencing that the financial...