The manufacturing industry has grappled with two significant challenges in recent years: labor shortages and carbon reduction. Addressing the labor shortage, smart manufacturing, replacing human labor with robots, has proven to be an effective solution. Beyond merely filling the workforce gap, it also reduces labor-related safety risks and allows workers to focus more on strategic tasks, achieving a triple benefit.
As governments worldwide actively pursue net-zero emissions by 2050, the implementation of CBAM in 2023, and the passage of climate laws, financial regulators are steering companies towards ESG through green finance. Companies lacking in environmental and labor rights commitments may face financial penalties, highlighting the mounting pressure on businesses related to carbon quotas and associated costs.
LEANTEC ROBOT CELL is committed to alleviating pain points in the manufacturing industry, including the persistent issues of labor shortages and carbon reduction. Aligned with government goals of low-carbon and intelligent policies, ROBOT CELL and smart manufacturing can contribute to emission reduction. The question of whether robots indeed emit less carbon than humans and their specific functions in carbon reduction is thoroughly examined. ROBOT CELL is set to incorporate carbon reduction elements, making its products a core component of ESG initiatives.
According to an Industrial Technology Research Institute report titled "Impact and Recommendations for the Forming Machinery Industry and Supply Chain under the Trend of Net Zero Carbon Emissions", human labor is estimated to have a carbon footprint approximately twice as high as that of robots. While the report primarily focuses on commuting carbon calculations based on ISO14064, actual data may be influenced by commuting habits, work scenarios, and shift operations, potentially raising commuting carbon emissions to three times the estimate. The report underscores that commuting data is the most intuitive while employee-induced carbon emissions extend beyond commuting.
Employee carbon emissions accumulate continuously and extend beyond commuting, while a robot's primary carbon emissions stem from electricity consumption. Considering the rise of green energy and the expected decrease in carbon emissions per unit of electricity, coupled with potential offsets through investments in solar panels, it is evident that the carbon emissions of human labor will significantly exceed that of robots in the future.
Moreover, the crucial point is that robotic arms can be applied in high-load and high-risk scenarios, providing a safer alternative to human labor.
Automation solutions combining machine tools with robotic arms are currently highly competitive, and our advantage lies in providing tailored process packages for different industries. Our CNC-controlled robotic arms conform to industry practices, ensuring seamless integration.
In this case, the ROBOT CELL power consumption of robotic arms in "standby mode" is approximately 0.192 kilowatts, compared to the referenced research's "average working consumption of 0.5 kilowatts", demonstrating superior energy efficiency. Additionally, it is not just about individual robotic arms. SYNTEC has developed a cloud-based system SynFactory specifically for the metal processing industry, assisting customers in implementing factory management analyze chart, such as "Utilization Rate", "Production Management", "Energy consumption monitoring", and " Tool Wear Compensation". This approach provides comprehensive data visibility into factory operations, emphasizing that effective management stems from transparent insights into performance data.