Automation is essential to survival in the Industry 4.0 economy. However, manufacturers have been challenged by adopting robotics and automation that could substantially improve their processes. Many solutions available today are cost prohibitive and require expensive facility modifications, new technical staff, and outside robotics experts. Robots (especially autonomous mobile robots) have historically been defined by their limitations - complex, inflexible, and expensive.
The key to helping businesses leverage robotics technology is to make robots fully accessible to the existing workforce. This requires designing solutions with a workforce-first mentality where empathy with the end user is the primary factor for design and engineering decisions. The resulting products solve real problems and make lives easier. When technology serves to empower rather than replace people, magic happens as workers creatively use these advanced tools to improve their work experience and become better, faster, and more efficient.
Robots that are flexible, accessible and designed specifically for the people who put them to work enable companies to grow with their existing workforce, leveraging years of invaluable experience, loyalty, and know how. Companies get the advantages of automation while expanding the capabilities of their valued employees. The company, the workforce, and the economy all benefit together. Talking points that will be discuss include: