We’re in the midst of a robot revolution. Whilst the movies may have suggested that this would be the end of humanity as we know it, we’re actually seeing robots compliment the workforce, creating greater opportunities and possibilities.
The current situation has given a glimpse of the level of home and remote working there might be in the future. With increased automation and robotics being monitored, maintained and optimised remotely through secure connections, we are set to see manufacturers realise the true benefits of smart manufacturing.
Below short commentary from Martin Walder, VP of Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric <https://www.se.com/uk/en/> on the capabilities of robotics and what this means for the future of robotics in the manufacturing industry.
With a greater focus on jobs, there is increased speculation about the future role of robotics in the manufacturing industry.
Over the last few years, we have seen a significant increase in the demands for robots, and indeed cobots. As automation developers introduce better sensing/vision capabilities, ever more complex applications can be tackled. More responsive safety systems allow cobots to work alongside humans with greater flexibility, improving productivity, hygiene and safety.
With this change comes an additional benefit. For an industry struggling to attract engineering expertise, automation and robotics, with the improved productivity they generate, will create more opportunities for workers to work on more varied value-add activities. Not only this, but the current situation has given a glimpse of the level of home and remote working there might be in the future, with increased automation and robotics being monitored, maintained and optimised remotely through secure connections.
For the ‘robotics and cobotics’ movement to thrive, we must educate our workforce on its benefits and capabilities. With greater understanding, will come greater implementation and proficiency.
We are set to see more manufacturers recognise the true benefits of smart manufacturing. In the meantime, increased data insights and connectivity will lay solid foundations for new, and more effective business models to work alongside skilled workers
About Schneider Electric SE
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