Fear. It’s a common reaction for small- and medium-sized firms who must automate with industrial robotics in order to stay competitive.
Vickers Engineering, a Troy, Michigan-based automotive Tier 1, is a case-in-point.
The precision machining company and contract manufacturer, is a supplier to Toyota, GM, Honda and other OEM customers.
To meet the needs of its customers, the company’s choice of automating with industrial robots was a do-or-die decision. Staff first reacted fearfully to the idea of automating with robots, as many in the industry believe robotic automation leads to staff layoffs. Read more.