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.
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…
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….
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.
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….