Robots and US economy – level 3

15-09-2022 15:00

According to data, US companies ordered a record-setting 12,305 robot machines in the beginning of 2022. The number is 25% more than the same period a year ago.

The pandemic highlighted some areas where shortages and resources needed automation. Companies had to automate because people weren’t coming back to the workplace, and they needed other options. For a long time, the automotive industry accounted for 60-70% of robot orders, but then other industries followed. E-commerce companies were particularly interested in robots; they can grab and transport packages quickly.

Robots help do the tasks that businesses need; however, robots need time to produce and to set up their operation. A human workforce with specialized training needs to install, maintain, and operate programs. The lack of training is currently the biggest barrier in the further adoption of robotics.

Difficult words: automation (the completion of work with machines or computers), barrier (an obstacle that keeps things from moving or improving), adoption (the beginning to use something).

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