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How robots fit into Industry 4.0

Graham Immerman
January 25, 2018

Humans are still working out how robots fit into manufacturing and how big of a role they should take. While some are concerned about them directly taking over the jobs of humans, that is not actually the case. They are simply altering the types of things that workers do. For example, "Many companies are using automated equipment to take over physical, strenuous tasks, improving the health and safety of their staff." Predictive maintenance on machines like what MachineMetrics technology can make manufacturing safer for everyone. 

Robots as New Team Members: How Industry 4.0 has changed the workforceSource: http://www.automation.com

Paradigm Electronics, a loud speaker and subwoofer manufacturer, has implemented robots to assist with product polishing. Humans collaborate with the robots but no longer perform the entire time consuming and laborious task themselves. In fact, most jobs have been altered in some way by the introduction of Industry 4.0. This article willdiscuss how job roles are changing with Industry 4.0. There have been a lot of concerns and misconceptions about robots stealing people’s jobs. The truth is, while some jobs are being replaced by automated equipment, new jobs are also arising as a result of Industry 4.0. Therefore, a more relevant concern is how Industry 4.0 will change the nature of people’s jobs. Read More

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