Posted: February 17, 2022

As workforce issues persist, and competition increases, robotics can play a role as businesses consider how to free up
existing employees for more productive roles, as well as seek to increase their output speeds to meet growing customer

Public sector service providers for your business:
CIRAS offers assessments, assistance with cost benefit analysis and
integration planning, among other services.
– Download the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub Robotics & Automation playbook to get started.

Additional Resources for You or Your Business:
International Federation of Robotics – offers research and white papers to promote robotics.
– National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – Check out the articles and research in Robotics in
Manufacturing, or this blog: A Simple Guide for Manufacturers on When to Choose a Robot.
Robotics Tomorrow – an online robotics trade magazine. Offers numerous white papers and other resources for
Association for Advancing Automation (A3) – an automation trade association. Website offers many free
informational resources for businesses including an ROI calculator (
Robotics Business Review – informative website with articles, “The Robot Report” podcast, blogs and more.
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) – supports projects in robotics solutions, operates,
an online resource for finding workforce training and education programs.


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