The North West Adoption Program since 2019, in a partnership between the UK government and industry aimed at increasing the adoption of digital technologies, has helped 41 companies with 45 robotics and automation projects.

Alain Dilworth, Director of Made Smarter’s Northwest Adoption Program, commented: “These figures are further proof that robots, cobots and process control automation technologies continue to create more jobs than we can displace. as well as a host of other benefits. ”

The adoption of digital technologies is providing manufacturers with high productivity and efficiency in the permanent optimal quality of processes and parts, with lower prices, shorter delivery times, greater stability for workers and greater capacity for competitiveness in the market.

The “Made Smarter North West” introductory initiative illustrated the importance that digital technology can bring to industrial industry. Made Smarter helps you determine the correct method and degree of investments and tools for your projects by offering unbiased and professional technology advice, project financing, digital transformation workshops, a leadership program, digital technology practices, and capacity building.

Some examples of how the adoption of technology has benefited different productive sectors.

Storth, a Cumbria-based farm machinery manufacturer, used robotics to manage staff shortages during the pandemic and solve the problem of skilled welders having repetitive tasks. Its robotic welding system produces components at twice the rate of human equivalents, and welding employees have been reassigned to higher, more satisfying and more technically demanding jobs.

Empire Cartridges, located in Preston, invested in a six-axis cobot and process control technology that improved shotgun cartridge production by at least 50%. According to Andrew Bond, CEO, we have been able to drive quality control, minimize manual handling, and improve the skills of our staff – from simple box fillers to cobot programmers “by implementing Industry 4.0 automation.

“The job of putting hundreds of thousands of labels on items was unskilled and expensive, therefore the entire process could be automated by investing in equipment that prints directly on the product and robotics to move things into place,” said Luke. Walsh, Managing Director.

“Our production employees were skeptical about what a robot could do with their help. Now my production employees are not telling me ‘the robot has done the work for me,’ but rather they are telling me where the technology could also be used.”

“It’s great to see Made Smarter helping SMEs adopt new technologies like robotics to address productivity gaps in the UK,” said Mark Stepney, Director of the British Robot and Automation Association (BARA), which is part of the PPMA Group of Associations.

Now with the return on investment (ROI) that industrial robots provide, it is surprisingly evident plus the increase in production. That has led us to achieve job improvements for the human being, giving the opportunity to promote and improve their cognitive abilities and talents for jobs with less risk and routine.

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