Can Atlantic Canada’s Labour Shortage be Solved by Robotics?

Written by Nathan Field, Enginuity’s Robotics and Automation Manager

Atlantic Canada is facing a labour shortage issue that is not altogether unique in North America, but has been exasperated due many smaller, often distinct but accumulating reasons.

What can a company do when they are losing employees and do not have anyone to fill the gap?

They could find people, or as will be explored in this whitepaper, automate the tasks they were doing.

Can Atlantic Canada's Labour Shortage be Solved by Robotics?

What’s inside

Nathan Field, our lead and guru Mechatronics Engineer, takes a moment to discuss the solutions to such a challenging issue facing our Atlantic community. He also dives into detail about options at different ROI levels with keen insight into the competitive advantage.
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Benefits of Automation

How can this help you?

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Return on Investment (ROIs)

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Health Check

Are you primed for a process improvement assessment?

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Cobots

Collaborative Robots

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Machine Vision

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AGVs and Material Movement

Automated Guided Vehicles

The Challenge

Atlantic Canada is facing a labour shortage issue that is not altogether unique in North America, but has been exasperated due many smaller, often distinct but accumulating reasons. In fact, in 2018 labour shortage study by the Business Development Bank of Canada stated:

50% of Atlantic Canadian businesses report difficulty in hiring employees during the last year (highest in the country) – An Exploration of Skills and Labour Shortages, ACOA, June 2019

The statement above naturally poses a question as to why, let us explore this in more detail. To allow for a slightly more detailed and pointed analysis we will focus on Nova Scotia as it displays – with greater contrast – the issues commonly present in Atlantic
Canada.

Although Halifax is a relatively densely populated city with 1077 people per square km and is Canadas 13th largest metropolitan area , there are many small rural townships.

In fact, over half of the people living in Nova Scotia do not live in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Furthermore, although Halifax is seeing growth not seen since the 1970’s, rural Nova Scotia is suffering.

About the author

Nathan Field

 

Nathan Field leads the Automation and Robotics team at Enginuity Inc. He has a passion for what he does and truly enjoys automation, robotics, and industry 4.0 technologies.

Graduating in Ontario in 2017 with an associate degree in electrical engineering technology (automation stream), he quickly became an electrical and controls designer for a company out of Ontario, working on large projects for some very well-known clients.

Since moving to Nova Scotia in late 2019 Nathan has worked for Enginuity Inc., bringing their automation and robotics division to life.

Nathan has seen the potential of automation while working in Ontario, and he hopes to help develop it here in Atlantic Canada. He hopes to skip the many years classic factories took to incrementally upgrade their automated systems and bring Industry 4.0 capability to current projects. This will help ensure scalability and optimal functionality – and can allow companies to remain competitive on the worlds stage

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