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Why Should You Hire a Millennial to Integrate Your First Robot?

Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette
by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Mar 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Are you still debating whether or not to introduce a collaborative robot to your assembly line? Can’t decide if you should stick one in front of your CNC machine? And does your busy work schedule mean you don’t have time to plan a robotic integration anyway? Well, the solution might be closer than you think. Chances are you’re surrounded by talented millennials that are fresh out of school; here are 4 reasons why you should hire them.


1. They Know a Thing or Two About the Latest Technology

Many collaborative robot can be programmed with a touch pad and some intuitive commands – something that would have been almost unheard of just 5-10 years ago. But while lots of people need time to get used to such innovations, millennials grew up with tablets and smart phones, so they’re quick to understand the logic behind other touch-screen devices. Today, robots like the ones from Universal Robots are built to be intuitive, and they’ve been developed with the next generation in mind. In other words, they’re made for the very people who are beginning their engineering careers right now: millennials.


2. They Don't Know Anything About Your Company yet!

When people are just starting out in their first serious jobs, they’re unaccustomed to their industry’s usual way of thinking. New, inexperienced employees won’t automatically follow your company’s “standard” procedures, which means they’ll bring a fresh perspective to things your team may take for granted. Since they’re unhindered by conventions and not yet entrenched in their habits, they’ll have a clearer view on ways your production line might be old-fashioned and outdated. Introducing a collaborative robot is all about innovation. When you hire 20-somethings with an outsider’s point of view, you get employees that think out-of-the-box by default, giving you the potential to generate new ideas and find more efficient ways to produce your products. 



3. They Have Time

Your day-to-day work duties leave you with a packed schedule, yet you’re starting to see why integrating a robot would benefit your company. The problem is that you’re unable to extract yourself from your routine long enough to do anything about it. You could fritter away time and energy chasing multiple goals at once; or you could hire a millennial to take care of the robotic integration for you. With one well-defined goal to achieve, they’ll dedicate all their attention to it – freeing you to focus on more pressing matters.


4. They Want to Perform

As recent graduates, millennials will be hungry to tackle their first real engineering project. The most driven ones will fight to take on challenges and prove themselves in the company. You can be sure than choosing the right candidate can give you serious results. Just make sure you look over their work carefully. Think of it as an investment: even if they make a few mistakes at first, if you take the time to review their performance with them, it will pay off later in the form of highly-capable employees.

Of course, your next employee doesn’t actually need to be 20-something years old, but they should meet the criteria above. At stake is the success of your robotic cell (and perhaps your entire assembly line). Make sure you choose a candidate that will honor your company and deliver what needs to be done. To learn more about the skills required to introduce a collaborative robot on your shop floor, follow the link below.  

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Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette
Mathieu works as the production engineer at Robotiq, where he strives to constantly optimize the production line for Robotiq Grippers. Mathieu is always looking for new manufacturing processes to make operators as efficient as possible. He is also seeking out new robotic applications and their effect on improving our world, then keeps Robotiq’s blog readers updated on his finds.
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