Robotic arms weld vehicle frames in a weld shop at an automotive manufacturer in China. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
Robots can be flexible in some ways but are not yet infinitely flexible like humans are. Great article Written by Anna-Katrina Shedletsky entailing the choice between robots and humans for the manufacturing process. You’ll be intrigued.
It’s lazy to think that a manufacturing process is better just because it’s automated. While the effort going on right now at the Tesla factory in Fremont is anything but lazy, it brings into the spotlight one of the core problems with the simplistic “automation for automation’s sake” strategy: processes that aren’t stable to begin with cannot be made stable with robots.
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