The most common statement we hear from leaders is “we can’t find enough people to hire to support our growth.”
10-15 years ago when robots and automation were becoming more prevalent in manufacturing the fear was that automation is going to eliminate so many manufacturing jobs that unemployment is going to skyrocket. Leaders were careful about “how” or “if” they talked about investments in automation or technology so they wouldn’t scare their employees.
In the last 5 years the workforce shortage has completely flipped that script to “we have to automate because we can’t find enough people to do the work.” While that may be true and even an easy statement to make, the reality is that for most custom or low-volume/high mix manufacturers that traditional automation investments can still seem out of reach and hard to justify.
For the last 20+ years the Lean Partners team has been applying Lean Automation practices in developing the right level of automation that supports lean manufacturing and makes the investment typically a fraction of the cost of typical automation.
Contact us to learn more about how Lean Partners’ Lean Automation Design may help support your growth and business needs.