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Robots Marched On in 2021, with Record Orders by North American firms


A technician prepares a manufacturing robot for shipping to a customer in a FANUC American facility in Auburn Hills, MI.

Some of the fastest growth in robot orders is in the metals and food and consumer goods industries, according to the industry group Association for Advancing Automation industry.

Credit: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

More robots joined the U.S. workforce last year than ever before, taking on jobs from plucking bottles and cans off conveyor belts at trash recycling plants to putting small consumer goods into cardboard boxes at e-commerce warehouses.

It looks like still more robots will come aboard in 2022.

Companies across North America laid out more than $2 billion for almost 40,000 robots in 2021 to help them contend with record demand and a pandemic-fueled labor shortage. Robots went to work in a growing number of industries, expanding well beyond their historic surge in the automotive sector.

 

From Reuters
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