Good Evening, I am in a dilemma. I’m a small one man garage shop with 2 DN solution VMCs and at the point of really needing some help to keep up. Currently, I am working 14-18 hours a day, 7 days a week and have been for a long time as when I stop, the whole business stops. My work is roughly 50/50 small batch production (50-300 parts) and one offs but I’d say about 75% of it has at least 5 of the same part. I thought about either hiring a helper ($18/hour going rate here) to keep machines running while I’m gone and help with machine setup or purchasing a robotic arm to handle machine tending. Both have pros and cons. With a helper, they can do more simple tasks (maintenance, Minor deburring, packaging, etc.) but it’s an employee and there’s a lot of negatives to having employees as most know. With the robot route, it’s much much cheaper hourly, can run lights out, won’t complain, and can handle working in the heat all day (100-105 degrees) but the cons for me are only being able to perform machine tending, space is limited being in a garage shop, and it’s another thing to have to setup. I don’t have any experience working with robots so there will be a learning curve as well. For those with more experience then myself, would you recommend going the employee route or the cobot route? Thanks!