Industry 5.0 technologies to support the employment of seniors
To address this issue, companies need to improve the working conditions of their employees, especially the older ones who hold key know-how for their trade. This is where robots come in.
The exoskeleton or the personal assistance robot - usually worn by a person to complement or increase his or her physical ability - are examples. But the most appropriate rising technology is certainly cobots (collaborative robots) which can take over the most tedious and repetitive tasks – for example palletizing, screw driving and essentially all manufacturing tasks requiring heavy lifts and tiring and demanding positions.
By relieving workers of these dangerous and – over time – sometimes debilitating tasks, it is possible to maintain the older and more experienced employees in post. This is often critical for businesses, as these workers master the essence and the process of the company and are at the heart of the production. This makes them capable of defining the most appropriate strategies to improve productivity and quality.
However, keeping these key employees in the workplace for longer is not the only solution: the next generation must also be attracted to the available jobs. For manufacturers, improving working conditions by adding technological solutions is becoming an element of efficiency, but also of attractiveness when it comes to recruiting.