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Robots to transform the manufacturing scene in Malaysia

Shermine Gotfredsen, General Manager, APAC, Universal Robots | May 31, 2016
Introducing automation in the workplace can prove to be a strategic move towards increased productivity, lower safety risks and less cost incurred in the long run.

Collaborating safely and effectively

With robots taking on the backbreaking and repetitive tasks, workers can focus on responsibilities that are less physically demanding. For example, robots can be programmed to lift heavy components while workers can be assigned to oversee value-added tasks such as quality control or production planning. A safer work environment that also gives workers the opportunities to better express themselves will go a long way to attracting and retaining talent.

A recent report found that there are increasing concerns on the possibility of a lack of jobs for workers as robots can replace them to perform the same tasks. On the contrary, when a manufacturer decides to deploy robots, this is not necessarily a cause for concern.

Ultimately, the aim of automating production lines is for robots to complement their human counterparts - to function as a tool to complete tasks in a simpler and safer way. As mentioned above, having a mechanical coworker that does the heavy lifting while possessing a small footprint adds another dimension to everyday operations on a factory floor. This is a true form of collaboration as workers possess the peace of mind to work alongside robots in close quarters.

Optimistic manufacturing outlook

The manufacturing sector in Malaysia is showing signs of positive growth. To stay ahead of the curve and minimise the occurrence of companies relocating abroad for cheaper raw materials or labour, it is imperative that Malaysian companies integrate technology that is user-friendly and lightweight for manufacturers to master with ease and confidence. Automation can be a smooth and tailored process that is moulded to meet the demands of the manufacturing sector. Pairing workers with advanced technology, such as robots, can enhance business operations and facilitate smoother workflow in day-to-day operations.

 

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