The traditional portfolio mix of heavy hardware-orientation with associated software is transitioning to application and non-control software. The move to solutions combining hardware, software, and services is real.
The most critical piece of automation, and the one that determines whether that expensive robot arm will ultimately deliver a return on its (significant) investment, is the software that powers it.
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Tesla's automation strategy has shifted over the last five years. By investigating where Tesla made mistakes and where it excelled, the reader will benefit from Tesla's hard-earned lessons and gain an understanding of how to build an automation strategy.
Most factories in the world are labor driven. With labor shortage crisis accelerated by Covid, which led to millions of unfilled jobs, manufacturers are in extreme pain and are unable to address customer demand.
During its lifetime, this robot ran for 38,390 hours; the equivalent of a 20 years worth of 8 hour shifts. It only logged 57 maintenance entries, and showed flexibility by working on two different welding lines.
A business model that was originally envisioned as a hardware sale has morphed into a Data-As-A-Service subscription model that unburdens the customer from capital expenditures, infrastructure changes, hardware maintenance or operation of complex systems.
The new maxon site in Beynost (15 minutes from Lyon) required a €10m investment of the maxon Group's own funds, and is located at the heart of a center of excellence for mechatronics.
Like transformative technologies that came before, the ethics of AI is coming under increased scrutiny, giving birth to regulations and policies constraining the scope of its application.
When implementing mobile robotics solutions in a facility, it's important to consider strategies for ensuring stability, seamless interaction with people, accurate detection of obstacles, and set up a successful emergency evacuation plan.
Insurance can generate high costs, with general liability alone costing businesses a median of $500 a year. If robots can reduce premiums and claims, it would make a strong argument in their favor.
Automation and robotics create such a dynamic industrial ecosystem that it will continue to adapt to increased demand for consumer products. We'll see more artificial intelligence being deployed and utilized.
A recent Gartner survey showed 57% of manufacturing leaders feel their organization lacks skilled workers to support smart manufacturing digitization plans. Most agreed a long-term strategy is necessary to develop the connected factory worker.
Paperless automation saves space, money, and boosts security. The ease of transferring information while promoting the environmentally sound choices makes this process logical for all manufacturers, particularly food manufacturers.
Automation can be seen as a complex area, and it is yet to reach its full potential - the challenge remains for robots to accurately and efficiently 'pick' items - but this shouldn't steer organisations away from making that initial investment.
"Robotics-as-a-service" is a model in which customers purchase automation on an "as-needed" basis. This could be monthly pricing or usage-based pricing. Upfront costs are typically negligible or non-existent.
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