Agricultural machine manufacturer Storth, based in Cumbria, used robotics to navigate staff shortages during the pandemic and overcome the problem of skilled welders being tied up with repetitive tasks.
Its robotic welding system produces parts at twice the rate its human counterparts and welding staff have been moved to higher value, more rewarding and more technically challenging roles.
Julian Lopez, Export Manager at Storth, said: “Our investment in the robot welder enabled us to manufacture quicker and cost effectively, and solved the problem of manpower not just in terms of sourcing quality welders to satisfy demand but to maintain production during the pandemic when welders were self-isolating. Meanwhile the technology has made us more competitive to be able to react quickly to orders and changed the way we can approach export markets.
“We have also been able to create new apprentice roles to operate the robotics and cultivate the skills we will need in the future.”