Why AMRs Will Play a Key Role in the Workforce During the Pandemic - and After It’s Over

Autonomous mobile robots to handle payloads up to 1500 kg and offered with different attachments for different application needs.

While 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for many industries, it’s been a great year for AMRs! The mobile robot industry has skyrocketed, with estimates of the revenues growing 24% by the end of the year. It’s estimated that 2021 will lead to even greater growth, more than doubling the increase that 2020 brought. Let’s take a look at the factors behind this major increase in sales and how the COVID-19 pandemic has played a role.

AMRs Pick Up the Slack When People Can’t Work

As coronavirus cases worldwide climb toward 60 million, the effects on the workforce have been staggering. Healthcare organizations are overwhelmed and understaffed. Businesses that are seeing starkly declining revenues are having to figure out how to make do with fewer employees. Staff is also having to work overtime when other employees are absent because they are sick or quarantined.

All these scenarios and others like them have one common solution: robots. When people are unable to do the job but the job still needs to get done, autonomous mobile robots pick up the slack. Businesses utilize AMRs for material handling, stocking empty shelves, delivering medications to patients, and more. And robots can do these tasks and others safely and efficiently. Organizations that realize the benefits of robots performing these tasks during the pandemic will likely continue to utilize them long after the pandemic is over.

It’s the Cleaner Way to Manufacture

The pandemic has increased the demand for a variety of medical supplies. But with that increased demand, the process of manufacturing these items can put workers at a greater risk of actually contracting the virus if they are working in close quarters. To keep workers safe while also maximizing production, your company can utilize robots.

Even when the concerns over coronavirus dissipate, businesses who have used robots in their operations will see that robot laborers ensure maximum uptime. The realization that a pandemic is still possible in our modern world will also lead to greater concern about infectious diseases in general. There’s no way to know when the next one will happen. But when it does, you will already have the procedures in place to maintain a cleaner environment if you invest in now.

There’s Time to Identify Inefficiencies

Businesses that are experiencing some downtime as a result of the pandemic have been forced to take a closer look at areas for improvement. This is especially true of the latest tech. The rise of robotic adoption isn’t exactly new, but it’s something that many businesses have avoided doing for years. They prioritize other things or simply don’t see it as a necessity.

But the pandemic has made businesses more aware of just how problematic not adopting the latest technology can be. It’s given operations time to reflect on errors and inefficiencies, some of which have been illuminated by the unprecedented nature of the pandemic. Businesses that want to stay active post-pandemic will invest in robots now.

Don’t Fall Behind on Adopting Autonomous Mobile Robots

If your business involves material handling, the best thing you can do is delegate this task to AMRs. Milvus Robotics can help you do that! When using our powerful autonomous mobile robots in conjunction with our fleet management software, you’ll gain a powerful competitive edge for the rest of the pandemic and long after it’s over. Get started by exploring our products online today!