The skilled-employee shortage is a major problem for industrial manufacturing. According to the American Welding Society, 40 percent of manufacturing companies declined new contracts because not enough skilled workers were available.
Lack of flexibility is cited as the major reason 90 percent of all manufacturing companies do not have robotic systems. (Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology)
When skilled employees are hard to recruit and retain, it is essential to automate welding processes. As labor costs rise, the investment in automation accelerates ROI and improves a company’s competitive position.