The robot revolution has been expected for decades, but still has not arrived. Every year, automakers and their suppliers purchase thousands of robots, a number that still amounts to vastly fewer than what has been predicted. Robots simply are not used as widely as they could be, due to several barriers that have persisted far longer than expected. These barriers to adoption can ultimately become missed opportunities to increase the country’s manufacturing capacity and improve its supply chains.

With the pandemic exacerbating shortages in the availability of goods and shining a light on how easily critical supply chains can be disrupted, there has never been a better time to focus on technologies and solutions that can help strengthen the country’s domestic capabilities. Recent executive orders show that this will be a focus of the Biden administration, so now is the time to act.

Barriers to Adoption

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