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During the past few years, finding people to fill positions in many industries has been challenging. The packaging industry is certainly one of them. But there may be a light at the end of the labor shortage tunnel.
That light is robotics. Not that robotics is new to the packaging industry, but its importance and relevance has grown by leaps and bounds when it comes to getting packaging work done quickly and effectively.
Our friends at The Association of Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) just released their most recent report: 2023 Purchasing Plans and Priorities. Their research uncovered that labor shortages and the difficulty of recruiting skilled personnel are among the top concerns of packaging and processing companies. It also maintains that fewer workers are interested in full-time, in-person manufacturing jobs, and many companies are shifting back to expanding domestic manufacturing and sourcing in the U.S.
The PMMI report confirms the fact that managers are desperate to reduce their labor dependency in a market where their fingers are constantly crossed that the entire crew will show up for a shift. Robotics gets the job done correctly, on time, and reduces the stress of having more call-ins (or no-shows) than supervisors know what to do with.
There are many reasons why robots are influencing the packaging industry. Here are our top five favorites:
As technology presses forward, using robotics will make it easier and more efficient for packaging manufacturers to succeed. But that doesn’t mean humans are out of luck on the job front. Their skills and brain power will transform the industry by creating new technology to continue the rapidly growing field of robotics and automation.
We’d love to talk about your robotics and automation needs. Give us a call at 866.243.2402 or send us a message. Let’s find the answers to your packaging challenges!
If you missed it, check out our recent blog that covers the top five technology trends in the robotics world. (Spoiler alert: Labor shortages are one of them).