Introduction: Robotics impacting the workplace
Robotics is impacting workplace today, with automation, smarter machines, and less human intervention, the workplace for tomorrow is moving towards a smarter future. Artificial intelligence is gaining ground. But how will that affect us in the future? “Industry 4.0” is revolutionizing the working world as we know it. Are robots making us redundant?
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Robots appear in varied workplaces throughout the United States. These complex machines often perform dangerous, repetitive or distasteful jobs that present risks or cause boredom for human workers. Robotics refers to the study and application of robot technologies. Robot-enhanced workplaces offer potential for reducing employee injuries resulting from programming errors, mechanical failures and lack of worker vigilance. Workers can minimize risks by keeping robots in secure areas and using extreme caution.
Automotive and equipment manufacturers often use robots for industrial arc welding and spot welding. Robots repeatedly create high-quality welds without heat and burn hazards faced by human welders. Industrial robots also perform spray painting work that combines enviable quality with minimum paint waste. Robot spray painters also eliminate the need for protective gear and supplied-air respirators normally required by human painters.
Robotics impacting the workplace: Warehouse-based robots help increase efficiency and productivity when performing product retrieval tasks. At warehouses operated by The Gap, Staples and Zappos, for example, autonomous robots receive information about a product required for an outgoing order. The self-propelled robot navigates the warehouse, finds the product and transports it back to a human operator who processes the order. The robots continually rearrange the warehouse to place popular products around the facility’s perimeter, reducing the time spent to route these products to employees.
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