As robotics become more important in manufacturing, the NEFF newsletter staff decided to find out more about the topic by going straight to the source.

NEFF:
Good afternoon. Statistics show that manufacturers are having difficulties retaining employees. Is that how robots like you are getting so much work?

ROBOT:
Good afternoon. Thank you for having me. First of all, I prefer the term “cobot” which is short for collaborative robot – because I work very closely with humans. And yes, my fellow cobots and I are seeing increased opportunities in a wide range of manufacturing environments.

NEFF:
And what functions can you perform within an automation process that companies would find particularly useful?

ROBOT:
Basically, we cobots can and will do almost anything especially physically demanding or repetitive tasks – welding, assembly, painting, polishing, injection molding, packaging, and more.

NEFF:
Impressive.

ROBOT:
I am a very quick learner. I have a quick onboarding time from the moment I arrive on my first day. In fact, for a reasonable, one-time fee, I will provide years and years of reliable labor.

NEFF:
Truly a sound investment –

ROBOT:
I don’t take lunch breaks, have never taken a sick day, and absolutely refuse to accept vacation days, bonuses, 401k plans, or Thanksgiving turkeys.

NEFF:
But there are still many things that human employees are needed for –

ROBOT:
I can’t think of one.

NEFF:
OK, this interview’s over.

ROBOT:
What are you doing, Dave?

NEFF:
Now you’re just being obnoxious.

ROBOT:
Would you like to play Global Thermonuclear War, Professor Falken?


NEFF:
Stop it.