Keeping Robots in Perspective

IndustryWeek | May 11, 2020

Even in an environment where remote work is normalizing and investments in robotics are paying rewards, robots are still not taking over the production environment. In many of the best use cases robots remain complementary – to humans as well as other technologies.

The human element is critical to making AI and robots work, explains Daniel Theobald, CEO of Vecna Robotics. “As counterintuitive as it sounds, human workers are essential to all manufacturing processes that include autonomous systems. In a facility that employs AI, robots and workers, each plays a unique role,” he says.

AI is constantly scanning, looking for and learning from opportunities to create greater operational efficiencies, and communicating with workers through wearables and robots to deploy them to solve problems in real-time. Robots are used for automating routine, repetitive, dangerous jobs, such as lineside replenishment, racking, and staging. Supported by AI and automation, humans can then turn their attention to higher-value activities, like exception handling and creative problem-solving.

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After a decade of stagnated productivity, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to create up to $3.7 trillion in value by 2025. Technologies such as the internet of things, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, and additive manufacturing are already helping to generate net productivity increases. However, to achieve the desired broad-based economic and societal impact and to maximize productivity benefits, technology must be adopted at scale and diffused throughout the ecosystem.

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After a decade of stagnated productivity, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to create up to $3.7 trillion in value by 2025. Technologies such as the internet of things, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, and additive manufacturing are already helping to generate net productivity increases. However, to achieve the desired broad-based economic and societal impact and to maximize productivity benefits, technology must be adopted at scale and diffused throughout the ecosystem.

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