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02-18-19-Will-a-Robot-Be-Your-Facilities-Teams-Next-Hire

Will a Robot Be Your Facilities Team’s Next Hire?

While there probably isn't an anthropomorphic android sitting at a desk in the office next to you, the truth is that it's becoming more commonplace to work alongside robots.

By Aleya Harris

While there probably isn’t an anthropomorphic android sitting at a desk in the office next to you, the truth is that it’s becoming more commonplace to work alongside robots. Robots have been working in industrial facilities since the 1960s, although they originally worked mostly in isolation from humans for safety reasons. Now that robots have gotten much smarter and more compact, there’s a wider range of functions they can take on—including many directly related to the management of your facility.

What Can Robots Do for Your Facility?

Today’s robots are capable of many tasks that fall under the purview of facility managers and are especially useful in cases where human workers might be too expensive or inefficient. They’re undeniably helpful when safety conditions might pose a danger to humans and for routine, time consuming tasks.

Safety & Security

While your facility hopefully won’t need a bomb-disposal robot like those used by law enforcement, robots are ideal for dangerous tasks like entering hazardous areas, testing the safety of new construction or equipment, and cleaning up toxic spills.


Robots can also act as security guards. They use thermal imaging and other advanced sensors to scan areas for intruders. Some security robots have the means to get around on the ground, but if mobility is important, you might want a drone—which is a flying robot, after all—to be your eye in the sky.

Cleaning & Maintenance

From the fictional Rosie the Robot Maid, to the very real Roomba, we’ve always liked the idea of robots that clean up after us. Nowadays, they’re getting very good at it and specialized robots have been designed that can enter difficult-to-access spaces like HVAC ducts. While they’re on the job, they can also gather data and make recordings to assess the condition of the equipment being cleaned. These robots are helping facilities managers make better-informed decisions about when to repair or replace parts.

Robots Are Here to Stay

Robots may already be more involved in your business than you realize. A robot is just a device that performs automated tasks and there are undoubtedly many automated systems at work in your facility. These hidden robots are not Transformers — they are your thermostat, lighting system, or customer service chat bots.


AI-driven tech will continue to expand and find wider applications in the marketplace. Facilities managers will have many opportunities to identify areas where automation can take over suitable tasks, which frees up human resources to take on challenges that require insight and ingenuity.


This is all excellent food for thought when you consider your facilities team’s next hire. Robots are here, and they’re making our facilities safer, cleaner, and better places to work in.