The purpose of this paper is to discuss how robot innovations as well as educational experiences are driving the more rapid deployment of automation into the manufacturing environment and other applications and reviewing the impact on employment.
In-depth interviews with builders and system integrators of automation equipment and conferring with users of robotics as well as attendance at conferences and trade shows addressing these topics.
Originally robots addressed only “heavy lifting” applications where cost and flexibility were very secondary considerations. Today users are looking to deploy robotic automation into all types of manufacturing and other applications where lower cost, two-armed flexibility and ease of programming are some of the very important considerations. Robotics are making manufacturers more competitive and growing thus creating more jobs, not costing jobs.
Customers may be surprised at the automation innovations and new applications which are appearing in the workplace and how easy they are to implement and deploy.
A review of and insight into some of the latest automation rapid deployment innovations and applications that have appeared recently as well as demonstrations of automation application at recent trade shows.
Bloss, R. (2013), "Innovations like two arms, cheaper prices, easier programming, autonomous and collaborative operation are driving automation deployment in manufacturing and elsewhere", Assembly Automation, Vol. 33 No. 4, pp. 312-316. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-05-2013-054Download as .RIS
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