Megatrend: Demographic Change

These changes in demographics are bringing about a number of far-reaching changes. The threat of skills shortages in particular will become a significant factor in the coming decades. In view of this, it is essential that companies start coming up with effective strategies to address this threat.

Demographic change leads to an aging society

Industrial and emerging nations in particular are having to face up to a significant aspect of demographic change with an ever-increasing degree of gravity: an aging society in which the percentage of older people rises while the percentage of children falls.

The average life expectancy around the globe has increased over the past 50 years on account of advances in medicine and the fact that the world population is increasingly health-conscious. At the same time, birth rates have dropped drastically worldwide, in particular however, in industrialized and emerging countries. According to forecasts, people over 65 years old will make up around 20 to 30% of the total population in many of the world’s countries by 2060.

Source: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2017). World Population Prospects: 2017 Revision.

Long-term productivity despite skills shortages

This demographic trend also has an impact on the labor market, which will be made up of fewer and fewer skilled workers in the years to come.

To cope successfully with the threat of skills shortages, it is essential that companies not only maintain and improve the health, expertise and motivation of existing employees but also establish a reputation as an attractive employer among young workers.

Furthermore, personnel requirements can be reduced by automating various tasks and processes and the existing workforce can be tasked with carrying out more challenging tasks that cannot be automated.

Automation and human-robot collaboration improving the production systems of the future

Particularly in the production environment, intelligent automation solutions play a valuable role in creating an appealing work environment and preventing personnel shortages.

By automating monotonous, repetitive and physically demanding tasks, it is possible to make use of human capabilities and strengths in other areas and promote the health and motivation of employees.

Sensitive, collaborative robots (cobots) in particular, which work hand in hand with human workers in applications involving human-robot collaboration, have opened up entirely new ways of increasing productivity without the need for additional skilled personnel. They lighten the physical and psychological burden on the employees while also ensuring that production results are consistent and of a very high standard.

Versatile, intuitively operable technologies by KUKA

In order to integrate automation solutions efficiently and sustainably into the production landscape of tomorrow, we will need versatile, adaptable technologies and intuitively operable user interfaces.

KUKA is able to draw on its vast portfolio of products and services to program, operate and refine industrial robots and entire production systems in a straightforward manner. From ready2use packages and collaborative lightweight robots that are programmable by way of simulation right through to comprehensive services – get started on preparing your company and your employees for the challenges posed by the production environment of the future!

In future production landscapes, humans and robots work hand in hand.
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