TM Robot filling the gap

Robotic Systems Can Help Solve Labor Shortage

Decrease the Gap in your Organization With Robots

Do you know how many baby boomers are in your organization? 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

JHFoster 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!


How You Can 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.

Robotic Systems & Labor Shortage FAQ’s

What Applications Can A Robot Perform?

• Pick and Place
• Injection Molding
• CNC
• Packaging and Palletizing
• Quality Inspection
• Assembly
• Polishing
• Machine Tending
• Screw Driving
• Lab Analysis and Testing
• Gluing, Dispensing and Welding
• Your Industrial Robot Application

Are Robots Hard to Set-up?

Robots are easily programmable without the necessity for pricey programmers. Your first robot could be up-and-running in only half day because no customer coding is needed. In addition, JHFoster offers onsite training so you can get to know your robot quickly and affordably.

Are Collaborative Robots Safe For Me To Use?

Collaborative robots are safe to work with because of their many safety features. Safety zones allow for robots to work at a slower speed while humans and other objects are in the area, and work faster when no human life or objects are in its vicinity. The patented safety system also monitors for eight safety factors: joint position and speed, TCP position, orientation, speed and force, momentum and force of the robot.

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Contact us today to find out how we can help you implement robotics into your business accomplishing tasks with high endurance, speed and precision.  John Henry Foster’s goal of providing innovative and state-of-the-art products continues to expand and now includes a range of industrial robots and robotic accessories. Our team of experts are positioned to support your productivity and efficiency needs with this versatile product.  Please contact us today at 651.452.8452 or email us to learn more about this or any of our product offerings.

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