The manufacturing industry is changing as we move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and it’s always been on the leading edge of technology and innovation. Metal fabrication is an integral part of this sector, and innovations are cropping up every year. What metal fabrication innovations are on the horizon, and why is it so important to stay ahead of these changes?
Incorporating More Automation
Automation has a negative reputation for stealing jobs, and while that may be true to a degree, automation is also helping metal fabricators keep up with demands while contending with an industrywide labor shortage. This industry and many others lost a lot of skilled workers during the 2008 recession, and they haven’t been able to recover as of yet. Robots don’t eliminate the need for human workers, but they can be used to mitigate the shortage by automating unskilled or mundane tasks so skilled fabricators can focus their energies elsewhere.
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