There has been much discussion over UK manufacturing’s reluctance to embrace automation at scale, and the figures display a stark image. The UK has 91 robots per 10,000 employees, which is well behind many European counterparts and the world average of 99. Given the intrinsic link between automation and productivity, this highlights the challenge, but also the opportunity, for UK industrial growth.Systems integration engineers are critical to getting robots installed and positively contributing to industrial processes, and their relationship with robot manufacturers is a significant part of the road to automation in the UK. Owing to its own system integration capacity, FANUC UK is in a unique position to offer support and guidance to those tasked with implementing robotics into factories, working alongside a range of stakeholders to drive UK manufacturing into the future.Understand the businessSomething that we often see is a business approaching either ourselves or an integrator with the intention of automating, without fully understanding why. While it’s fantastic to witness this kind of enthusiasm, it can actually be counter-productive, because without knowing why a company wants to automate and what it is that they want to get out of it, it is very difficult to find the best solution.
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