Developments in Automation & Controls are centred around the capabilities of advanced technology and cybersecurity, and demand is high as both old and new businesses look to adopt more and more robotic automation. Labor shortages and supply chain uncertainty during Covid-19, as well as the growing pressure to operate sustainably and resiliently in business, are the main motivators behind the acceleration.
Recent trade deals between the United States, Mexico, and Canada have all contributed to an increase in the number of manufacturers looking to reshore their factories in North America. Reshoring will further increase the demand for automation, as manufacturers will need to incorporate additional automated processes to remain competitive against low-cost labor markets and compensate for employee shortages.
Robot sales hit a record high in 2021 as more manufacturers examined the potential to ramp up production using robotics. The enhanced ability of robots to work directly alongside humans, share tasks and learn through AI is also making it easier for companies to adopt intelligent automation in new environments, such as construction, healthcare laboratories, restaurants and retail.
Automation & Controls Engineers will be critical as technology continues to evolve and companies seek new ways to automate different tasks. A future with a high prevalence of robots in workplaces is therefore to be expected, and working with a talent partner who understands Automation & Controls Engineering could put your business, or career, ahead of the curve.