Skip to comments.Smart Robots Can Now Work Right Next to Auto Workers
Posted on 09/17/2013 9:12:09 AM PDT by markomalley
BMW has taken a huge step toward revolutionizing the role of robots in automotive manufacturing by having a handful of robots work side-by-side with human workers at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
As a new generation of safer, more user-friendly robots emerges, BMWs man-machine collaboration could be the first of many examples of robots taking on new human tasks, and working more closely alongside humans. While many fear that this trend could put people out of work (see How Technology Is Destroying Jobs), proponents argue it will instead make employees more productive, relieving them of the most unpleasant and burdensome jobs.
Robots have been a part of automotive manufacturing for decades. The first industrial robota hulking 4,000-pound arm called the Unimateattached die castings to car doors at a GM production line in 1961. Such manufacturing robots have been powerful and extremely precise, but its never been safe for humans to work alongside them. As a result, a significant number of final assembly tasks, in auto plants and elsewhere, are still performed almost entirely by hand.
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Nobody works along side an automated robot which would crush you like a bug or cut you in half at a pinch point. I think OSHA has something to say about that.
I can’t believe M.I.T. is even mentioning the argument that “technology destroys jobs.” Asinine.
If that’s the case, let’s all go back to plowing the fields with wooden hoes and oxen. Come to think of it - that’s what much of the left wants.
UAW will want the robots to unionize and take more breaks.
Been there done that...
” Fascinating 1936 Footage of Car Assembly Line”
Smart hoes are killing the pimping industry.
That’s the difference between how a “low information” person and someone that’s informed looks at “robots”.
A “robot” is a machine. It moves as it is programmed to do.
It is not some anthropomorphized metal human.
Those leftists to which you refer would indeed love to live in some sort of neo-feudal society where they have control of all resources and the “peasants” live and die at their whim.
Of course, this won't apply to autonomous cars, i.e., robot automobiles.
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On a serious note, communists hat capitalist precisely because capitalism is meant to free ornconsciousness from menial mundane tasks to go into advance thinking above the animal concerns.
It still does not prevent unconscious pervs from vaunting their OCD as something of a good paranoia even if it makes one slave.
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A machine with complex servo systems runs a parent or master servo motor, by which all other motors must home to or coordinate their counted positions off of. The whole shabang has to be then processed with a very high speed processor and servo control. The most common today are the Allen Bradley RS logix 5000 and their Kinetix drives. In the past, systems were proprietary to the robot manufacturers and not real end user friendly to make any changes without enormous costs. Now, anyone in house can do it. That means jobs!!!!
Well, all I know is that according to king hussein there aren’t any bank tellers or travel agents anymore cause they done been robotized.
But they have a keep out area around the robots unless they are powered down and locked to keep UAW members from being welded.
Sounds like a cool job. I just brought my Mindstorm Robot to work to demo a solution for testing video calls within a conference call. The robot performs motion at various speeds to test for anamolies in frame rate, resolution, video artifacts etc. It is outside my normal job, but I would love to do this for a living.
These will be replacing the newly created $15/hr fast food workers....
Well, robots do destroy repetitive jobs that employ the ignorant and unlearned, but they also create jobs for the willing and educable.
Problem is the schools are turning out too many of the former and not enough of the latter. American schools are a wasteland.
Since robots are extremely efficient in their tasks, don’t take days off and don’t come to work with hangovers, it only makes sense that eventually their work performance vis-a-vis their human counterparts will be taken into account.
We will see robot foremen on assembly lines admonishing their crews.
Workstation 1. “Bob, you are falling behind. work harder.” “Thanks, Hal, I’m trying.”
Workstation 2. “Dave, you missed one screw in the thingamajig assembly. That’s 3 this week. One more and you will be up for review.”
“Hal, don’t report me. I’ve got a family to feed.”
“Dave, it’s really out of my claws.”
The challenge is to define what constitutes an "error" in any given circumstance and to shut down the system safely when such errors occur.
The complexity of understanding all the failure modes of a robotic system coupled with the high amount of energy available to the mechanism is what has made it difficult to have robots in the vicinity of humans.
Highly complex systems with many of the same characteristics as robots fail frequently, the most notable examples being the space shuttle and other aircraft. Despite best efforts, these systems fail.