Improve Job Retention with Robots

Decrease the Gap With Robots

According to The Manufacturing Institute, 2 million jobs will be going unfilled in the next decade. In addition, according to the US Census report, “By 2029, when all of the baby boomers will be over 65 years and over, more than 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65.”

Robots are your new ideal co-worker and help fill the gap in your workplace.

The three common causes of the gap are:

  • Dull, repetitive movements that can cause repetitive strain injuries
  • Dirty jobs
  • Dangerous tasks

JHF distributes a number of robotic lines to help you leverage your production costs, streamline your automation applications and fill the gap.

Relieve Labor Shortage Problems

You can’t stop people from retiring, of course, but that The Gap.PNG
doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be done. Old manual assembly lines have already been largely replaced by automation; however, opportunities still exist to automate the tasks people don’t want to do or aren’t well suited for.

Collaborative robots are an excellent example of new automation options that can help relieve some labor shortage problems.  By automating those tasks, you’ll free up those workers to take on other jobs that are harder to fill.

Be Prepared for a “New Problem”

Old problem: Dull, dirty jobs no one wants to do.
New problem: Working with robots might require more technical skills. Fortunately, many collaborative robots are relatively easy for people to use, even if they’re inexperienced with robots. Cobots with touch-pads can be programmed simply and intuitively—no coding knowledge needed. Now an unpleasant job can become “cool,” thanks to a robotic helper!


In our E-Book, we show you how you can decrease the gap with automation. Automate the tasks that no one wants to do. We’ll explore the answers to the following questions:

  • What is causing the gap?
  • How can automation help close the gap?
  • How can more qualified, interested workers be recruited and retained?
  • What can be done to attract more people into the modern manufacturing industry?

Fill the Gap – Problems and the Cobot Solution

Problem: Dull, repetitive movements.

Example solution: To save the human from  movements that cause repetitive strain injuries, use a cobot to place several screws on an assembly, and then have a human worker do the final screwing operation or verification.

Problem: Dirty jobs.

Example solution: A cobot could dispense a toxic product such as glue or other chemicals.

Problem: Dangerous tasks.

Example solution: A cobot could tend a machine that requires extra precautions, such as unloading a brake press.

ABOUT JHF
As a leading provider of premium quality compressed air and automation solutions since 1938, John Henry Foster delivers customized automation products and design-to-build solutions to clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and northern Iowa. Our talented and innovative employees serve customers in virtually every industry that utilizes motion control technology and power generation.

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