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Streamlining the Production Process with Phillips Opto

Navigating the Microchip Shortage with Automation and Robotics

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, industries across the globe are suffering from the new reality of the world economy. The manufacturing industry has experienced the brunt of the crisis, working through labor shortages, border closings, and the ongoing supply chain crisis, amongst a litany of other difficulties. The recent microchip shortage, however, has emerged as the most challenging obstacle, as the supply chain crisis affects the manufacturing, exporting, and delivery of these vital pieces of technology.

Microchips are integral to consumer electronics, cars, and are vital for robotics manufacturing. Without these necessary pieces of technology, our assembly lines are in danger of slowdown and sluggish production, affecting the machines at the center of all manufacturing.  Without the microchips needed to keep machines running, the auto industry alone will experience an estimated $210 billion in losses from the lack of new machinery. And that is only a small part of the larger picture, with thousands of other businesses at risk without access to microchips, and therefore, robots.

Automation has become a pinnacle of manufacturing in nearly every industry, increasing production and improving companies’ ROI. With predicted microchip shortages well into 2022, it will be much more difficult for you to purchase new machines, affecting production output, bandwidth, and may ultimately cause you to turn away business.

However, there are proactive solutions to ensure your production lines keep moving. Manufacturing companies across the country are looking for creative ways to continue hitting production goals, despite the microchip shortage. Here are some of the ways to keep businesses growing, no matter the obstacles.

Here’s What You Can Do:

Acquire a new skill set

1. Improve Efficiency:

  • Bring machines up to today’s run-time industry standards
  • Identify opportunities for automation in current processes
  • Maximize resources and projects among several machines, so you can take on new clients

2. Do More with What You Have:

  • Help bring outsourced parts down to zero
  • Repurpose machines from the shop graveyard and integrate them into process flows for maximum efficiency
  • Teach an “old dog, new tricks” by adding robotic integrations to improve automation

Expanding your machining knowledge will help boost efficiency, reduce cycle time, cut labor costs and increase throughput – giving you more freedom to grow your manufacturing capabilities and outperform competitors. Additionally, working with an Opto Engineer is a great way to make robotics more accessible and less complex, helping you achieve productivity gains quickly and affordably.

Ready to get started? Learn more about Phillips Opto services today. 

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