Many small manufacturing businesses don’t look to factory
automation when making plans to grow production. It’s easy to see why – huge cash outlays, slow and complicated installations, and the time & cost associated with making robot systems meet safety requirements, all put automation’s benefits out of reach for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that don’t have that much time and money to invest. Fortunately, new classes of robots have emerged that are designed to meet small business production schedules, fit into smaller spaces, and start automating quickly with more straightforward deployment and programming. Let’s look at where these new systems are solving common challenges related to expanding production, labor shortages, and product quality.