Manufacturing is undergoing a transformation to the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0; one that will see greater integration of physical production with digital technologies. This ongoing trend towards the use of automation and data exchange in technologies will allow manufacturers of any size to deploy cost-effective, multi-purpose and collaborative machines as standard.
Small-to-medium manufacturing businesses are already beginning to benefit from reconfigurable robots, designed to collaborate with human workers and analyse their own work to look for improvements. For large-scale manufacturers, robots will be able to sense their environment and communicate in an industrial network that can be run and monitored remotely. This will help identify ways to improve operating performance and production quality across the business.
With Industry 4.0 seen as key to the future development of the industry, politicians and business leaders have become increasingly vocal about robots causing unemployment. The reality is predicted to be quite different.
“Ultimately, we will not become completely obsolete overnight!” explains Robbie Dawson, Sales & Marketing Manager, CKF Systems Ltd. “Industry 4.0 will enable human workers to achieve more day to day. By removing repetitive tasks and providing better robotic tools, we will all have more time to focus more on business development, creativity and science. Technology that has made humans redundant in the past has forced us to adapt, generally through education, and this will be the case again.”
Industry 4.0 will usher in machines that can be reconfigured to perform multiple jobs and adjusted to work on a more diverse product range and different production volumes. The manufacturing sector is already beginning to benefit from reconfigurable robots, designed to collaborate with human workers and analyse their own work to look for improvements.
For more on how CKF Systems Ltd, the Gloucester-based automation and robotic systems specialist, can help grow and futureproof your business, contact one of our (human) experts today!