Ro­bots ready to re­duce labour costs

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CNC ma­chin­ing equip­ment and ro­bot­ics sup­plier Okuma Aus­tralia now has an ex­clu­sive dis­tri­bu­tion agree­ment for Aus­tralia and New Zealand with Bel­gium ro­bot­ics firm Robo­job.

“Af­ter re­search­ing the mar­kets we found great sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween our mar­ket in Western Europe and those in Aus­tralia and New Zealand,” said Robo­Job CEO, Hel­mut de Roo­vere.

“In Western Europe we have sim­i­larly high labour rates and a large num­ber of small to medium sized job shops. Our own man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­pe­ri­ences led us to pur­sue all the avail­able days in a year for pro­duc­tion and even to ex­tend our op­er­a­tions to a sec­ond and third shift.

“When we an­a­lysed our em­ployee struc­tures we found that like most busi­nesses, there are repet­i­tive and creative tasks. We wanted to take peo­ple do­ing repet­i­tive tasks and give them new creative roles in our op­er­a­tion.

“This boosted our plan­ning, in­no­va­tion, out­put and work sat­is­fac­tion enor­mously. The changes we ini­ti­ated us­ing newly de­vel­oped Robo­Job tech­nol­ogy de­liv­ered us mas­sive gains in ef­fi­ciency, pro­duc­tiv­ity and busi­ness re­turns.”

Roo­vere says that while busi­nesses through­out Aus­tralia and New Zealand have the ca­pac­i­ties and skills to thrive, con­tin­u­ing in­creases in the ar­eas labour costs add pres­sures at a time when global bench­marks are rapidly re-defin­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing costs.

Robo­Job busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager Jelle de Roo­vere says the great ad­van­tage of Robo­Job is its com­plete flex­i­bil­ity and ease of use and set­ting.

“We de­vel­oped our own in­ter­ac­tive op­er­a­tor in­ter­face screen that only re­quires the cus­tomer to in­put the main fea­tures of the job, a pro­ce­dure that can be done in a mat­ter of min­utes.”

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