Use of Robotics in Manufacturing

Applied Tech Review | Saturday, October 30, 2021

Robotic process automation is being adopted at a very large scale in many organizations now as they can imitate human actions and help reduce workload and increase productivity.

Fremont, CA:Today, robots may be observed working alongside humans in several factories. The Tesla Gigafactory is said to be one of the most technologically advanced factories ever constructed. Robots maneuver Autonomous Indoor Vehicles (AIVs) without the need of beacons or magnets, and their primary task is to move products between workstations.

Professors from Northwestern University in America invented the term "cobot" to describe robots that interact with people in the workplace. Companies like Cornell Dubilier, a power capacitor producer in the United States, can already see the benefits of cobots. The company has deployed robots to inspect capacitor installations, resulting in a speed increase from 125 to 250 pieces per hour in the labelling process. Human workers can devote more time to jobs that need greater creativity and thought as a result of a significant reduction in wasted time throughout the supply chain.

Beyond the Spielberg-esque sci-fi sequences of actual robots in the workplace, there is intelligent robotic software. RPA is a new technology with a growing list of use cases in a variety of industries, including financial services, and new research from The Hackett Group reveals that adoption is on the rise.

Unlike physical robotic devices, RPA operates in the background, imitating human thinking, speeding up activities, and changing corporate processes. Technology can act as an extra employee in a variety of disciplines across the supply chain, bridging the gap between IT systems and back-office activities to expedite the completion of repetitive tasks like invoice processing and purchase management orders.

Manufacturers must be more daring in their transformations, but they must also be cautious in their implementation of RPA. This includes a strategic strategy to encourage people to embrace robotics more, in addition to just determining whether the solution is compatible with other systems. As the next wave of automation takes hold across the manufacturing industry, we'll see a transformation like never before: robots will not only interact with humans in the workplace, but they'll also help revolutionize the employment roles and skillsets available to humans.

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