For years, the automotive manufacturing industry has been known for its use of robotics in manufacturing. Ever since the introduction of the very first robots in the early 50’s, there’s a lot that has changed. The US automotive industry saw a boom in 2010 and experienced an increase in manufacturing. The US is also third when it comes to robot density (robot per 1,000 employees), outranked by only Japan and Korea.
Modern production lines require more efficiency, flexibility and precision. Being one of the largest and quickest adopters of industrial robotics, robots are today used in every part of automotive manufacturing. This also makes it one of the most highly automated supply chains today.
There are plenty of reasons to why automotive industries turn to robotics for production, let’s go through some of their major benefits to the automotive manufacturing Industry:
Automotive manufacturing robots reduce inconsistencies in the production line. Because of their ability to perform highly repetitive work, they never seem to tire out, unlike their human counter parts; therefore, every cycle functions the same way with consistency. Robots are designed to neither drop machine parts nor handle them in a damaging way. This reduces the previous waste and inconsistencies caused due to human errors. Automotive robots are able to detect variations in the incoming materials due to their vision systems. Improved quality, in turn, translates to better customer satisfaction, due to fewer mistakes.
Due to robotics, automotive supply chains are able to run lean with minimum inventory to counter production delays. Automotive manufacturers strive for consistency in each step of their production line, because even the smallest of problems can cause disruptions in assembly lines. Since robots don’t feel exhaustion or fatigue production cycle times are constant every day, resulting in peak production consistently.
Improves Worker Safety
Jobs in manufacturing plants, particularly automotive manufacturing are somewhat hazardous to human beings. Sometimes, these dangers are pretty obvious, for instance, the process of pouring molten metal into a foundry. There are also jobs that cause muscular disorders, particularly the ones that involve heavy lifting and repetitive motions. The use of robots prevents these dangers to humans. For example, during car assembly, workers are kept away from the exposure of fumes from painting and welding, as well as the loud noises from stamping presses. Consequently, automotive robots reduce work place injuries by taking over functions that require working in dangerous environments.
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