• The rise of collaborative robots

    Hi,

    Who would have thought that robots and humans working together is better than each working separately? Apparently that is the finding from some research done by some clever people at MIT - "MIT Researchers found that robot-human teams were 85% more productive than either alone. This emphasises the importance of facilitating cooperation between employees and robots. Collaborative Robots – termed ‘Cobots’ are being developed, designed to assist humans, which are safe, flexible and easily programmed by human employees."

    And that robots would be replaced by humans? "
    Mercedes-Benz recently replaced robots with humans on some production lines; yet, to their dismay, proceeded to claim that the robotic machines were not agile enough for the trend of customised products. In comparison, humans can ‘re-program’ immediately and are much more flexible. The company decided to move away from trying to maximise automation, with people playing a bigger role in industrial processes again. Mercedes-Benz has found that human-robot cooperation, such as a person guiding a part-automatic robot, results in better flexibility and the ability to produce a variety of products on one production line. This indicates that simply replacing human employees with robots is ineffective, it is more productive to nurture a successful cobot-human dynamic."

    For more on this, see - https://zenoot.com/articles/supply-c...rative-robots/

    Charles
    Charles Clayton
    Co-Founder SoftBot Ltd
    https://www.softbot.co/
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  • Hi,

    Who would have thought that robots and humans working together is better than each working separately? Apparently that is the finding from some research done by some clever people at MIT - "MIT Researchers found that robot-human teams were 85% more productive than either alone. This emphasises the importance of facilitating cooperation between employees and robots. Collaborative Robots – termed ‘Cobots’ are being developed, designed to assist humans, which are safe, flexible and easily programmed by human employees."

    And that robots would be replaced by humans? "
    Mercedes-Benz recently replaced robots with humans on some production lines; yet, to their dismay, proceeded to claim that the robotic machines were not agile enough for the trend of customised products. In comparison, humans can ‘re-program’ immediately and are much more flexible. The company decided to move away from trying to maximise automation, with people playing a bigger role in industrial processes again. Mercedes-Benz has found that human-robot cooperation, such as a person guiding a part-automatic robot, results in better flexibility and the ability to produce a variety of products on one production line. This indicates that simply replacing human employees with robots is ineffective, it is more productive to nurture a successful cobot-human dynamic."

    For more on this, see - https://zenoot.com/articles/supply-c...rative-robots/

    Charles
    Charles Clayton
    Co-Founder SoftBot Ltd
    https://www.softbot.co/


  • Hi @Charles Clayton

    Thank you for sharing. Far from replacing humans the factory of the future will be one where humans and robots work together. It's important that manufacturers recognise the need to upskill their workforce as outlined in a recent Make UK report on the National Retraining Scheme

    Best regards,

    Daniel.
    Head of Community
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  • Hi @Charles Clayton

    Thank you for sharing. Far from replacing humans the factory of the future will be one where humans and robots work together. It's important that manufacturers recognise the need to upskill their workforce as outlined in a recent Make UK report on the National Retraining Scheme

    Best regards,

    Daniel.
    Head of Community
    Need help? Ask me your questions about the Community here