Around the world, automation and robotics are playing a more essential role in how business is done and work is accomplished.
Take retail: One in four retailers say they currently have an in-store robotics project in the works, and about half say they plan to start robotics in the next 18 months, according to a survey by RetailWire. At the same time, the 2020 Honeywell Intelligrated Technology Study found that more than half of the e-commerce, grocery, food, and beverage, and logistics industries are willing to invest in automation and robotics.
The survey also found that robotics technology — specifically warehouse execution software, order picking technology, and robotic solutions —are expected to receive the most investment.
For any Industrial Robotics Company, the interest and investments happening in automation promise to be a major boost, if they offer the right services. Many industries are looking for partners that can offer a wide range of services, including machine and fabrication services and design services.
If your company is looking for a robotics or automation partner, some of the considerations you should think about include:
Credibility: This starts with looking for recommendations or ratings from past customers. Check Google and Yelp, as well as social media. If you have contacts in the industry, as them for recommendations. You are looking for a solid track record of performance, delivery, and customer service.
Capabilities: The needs for robotics are not the same for all industries. What is needed for retail isn’t the same as what is needed for food and beverage. Make sure that the company you choose to partner with speaks the language of your industry, that they understand the unique needs of your customers, your employees, and your business.
Communication: A good partnership all comes down to communication. How often are you talking to your partner? Are they following up on their commitments and keeping you updated on progress as it’s being made?
Training: The company you partner with will be the expert in the technology being used for robotics and automation. They will be the ones who need to train you in technology. Do they offer that technology and is it done in a way that you and your organizations understand?
Finding the right partner for robotics and automation is an important process. Done right, however, and it will help you advance your organization in an industry that is growing for the future.