Smart, collaborative robots have torn down the obstacles to automation for 90 percent of tasks in manufacturing. Now, these software-driven robots are bringing innate cognitive skills to the task of building Industry 4.0.
2016: A Year of Advances and a Few Reality Checks
Robots, artificial intelligence and manufacturing were hot in 2016. What was substance and what was just noise? Did we really move the needle on the value innovation plays in these fields?
Robots on a Mission: Agents of Change in Manufacturing
100 years after the introduction of the automated assembly line, it’s time for a change. And robots are poised to be the agents of change that’s needed. The powerful combination of mind and machine will fuel new ways for manufacturers to do more – and do it all better.
Mercedes-Benz Isn’t Really Replacing Robots With Humans – It’s Pairing Humans With Better Robots
The German automaker is moving on to a new breed of smart, collaborative robots – robots that can work with humans, that can navigate the unpredictability and imperfection of the factory floor and that can perform more than a single task.
Lessons Learned In China: Don’t Fear The Robots
In 2015, the Chinese government launched an ambitious initiative to transform Chinese manufacturing from the world’s source of low-cost labor to the leader in innovation and quality. Today, we’re seeing the role that robots will play on the pursuit of that vision and how Chinese manufacturers are different from their global peers when it comes to adoption strategies…
Think You Know Industrial Robots? Think Again.
It’s been more than 50 years since the first robot for manufacturing was installed at GM. While manufacturing has changed a lot since then, many still think the truths about industrial robots haven’t changed. Not so. Smart, collaborative robots bring automation to much of the 90 percent of manufacturing tasks that haven’t been automated yet and manufacturers need to look again at what robots can do for their operations….
Software Rules the Road and the Robots
Tesla’s recent release of auto-piloting software changes what we think about cars and drivers. In the world of industrial automation, software’s changing what we think about robots and work, too.
When Humans and Robots Work Together
When you hear about innovative technological advances that are reshaping industries, chances are you aren’t thinking about a factory floor. Not much has changed there since the first industrial robots were deployed in the 1960s — until now.
GE’s Roland Menassa: When Robots Help People Do Their Jobs Better, Manufacturing Wins
There are few companies more linked to the drive for continuous innovation than GE and few executives more knowledgeable about robots in manufacturing than GE’s Roland Menassa. I recently talked with Roland about his vision for a workforce that puts robots to work to help people do their jobs better and how his team is working on that model for GE.
Why Robots AND Humans Are the Answer to Manufacturing’s Job Woes
There are a lot of stories these days about the rise of robots and the coming Armageddon on jobs when robots replace everyone from sanitation engineers to CPAs. I don’t know about that, but I do know about the cold hard reality of the manufacturing workforce that’s aging out and the lack of interest in manufacturing jobs among the next generation of workers. The solution, being deployed today, is a harmonious middle ground where robots and humans to work together….