The Covid-19 lesson: shortage of people
In the past year, because of the pandemic, foundries have been facing a new issue which led them to a more careful evaluation and might actually give them one more reason to invest in automation: The sudden shortage of manpower in the grinding shop.
All industries have faced, during the Covid-19 times, a shortage of workers and this scenario has affected especially those sectors where people are employed in relevant numbers, like the foundries finishing shop.
The fear of infection, strict measures for social distances, border closure and mobility issues have generated a dramatic reduction in staff availability.
This unprecedented scenario has caused in many cases a consistent drop if not a complete stop of the finishing shop activity with severe negative impacts in foundries cash flow.
Relying on a fully manual fettling process (either internal or handled over to outside vendors), to minimize the fettling cost, has turned out to be a “mission impossible” and eventually even backfired in the current challenging times.