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What’s Next for Manufacturing

Reestablish Supply Chains

Looking back on the past 12-months, manufacturing in the U.S. faced many challenges even before Covid. Now in 2020, supply chains have been flipped upside down and just about every business producing machines and automation equipment has seen demand drop as many plants remain idle. Aside from pharmaceutical, healthcare and those companies that have benefited from all those virtual meetings, profits will end down in 2020. This means investments from many to purchase new machinery will at least be delayed.

The common objective for these companies is to survive the pandemic and search for ways to regain output in the new normal. Many have implemented PPEs, social distancing and work from homes to help curb the spread of COVID-19 while others have invested in some automation equipment that can reduce the number of workers required to operate. Forrester reported that the robotics industry has slowed even further in 2020 but it appears there are still areas in factory automation that can see growth especially in the short term.

One area that could see continued growth and support factory workers not only distance but even improve their working conditions are Collaborative Robots or Cobots. These easy to program and relatively inexpensive automated equipment can help maintain output, improve ROI all while not eliminating jobs as they are still dependent on human interaction. But because much of the actual tasks are being performed robotically, it also allows people to distance themselves making them less vulnerable to spreading COVID-19 or other viruses. They also make sense in that they can easily be modified to adjust for changes in demand which many fully automated factories struggle with. Think about the number of industries that can experience a positive impact with implementation of Cobots. The healthcare industry who is faced with constant safety challenges for front-line workers, have shown how robotics can help mitigate many risks. Forward thinking companies that are looking for ways to regain their production and have their workforce return safely also stand to benefit. This presents a large opportunity for manufacturers of Cobots and has driven the need for unique hardware solutions to connect and facilitate their movements.

With more than 25% of its global associates in Research and Development, Sugatsune continues to develop solutions to safely and conveniently connect the future in manufacturing. Inspired by its Motion Design Tech® concept, engineers work diligently with original equipment manufacturers to develop customized hardware solutions that facilitate the operation of new products. Visit us at or contact our technical experts at (800) 562-5267 to find out how Sugatsune America, Inc. can help you bring your innovation to life.

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