Mercedes replaces robots with individuals on its meeting line

Mercedes replaces robots with people on its assembly line

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We have all heard tales about how the robots are taking our jobs. Whereas that could be true, Mercedes-Benz is changing a few of its excessive-tech staff with actual reside people. Because it seems, robots cannot sustain with the diploma of customization that the automaker presents on its S-Class sedans. To be truthful, there are 4 several types of caps for the tires alone, to not point out choices for carbon fiber trim and temperature-managed cup holders.

“Robots cannot cope with the diploma of individualization and the various variants that we’ve as we speak,” stated the corporate’s head of manufacturing Markus Schaefer. “We’re saving cash and safeguarding our future by using extra individuals.”

The change comes at a time when numerous corporations are changing individuals with robotic units. Worldwide Federation of Robotics (IFR) launched a survey as we speak stating that 1.three million of the economic robots can be in use by 2018. In reality, the variety of these machines rose forty three % in a yr between 2013 and 2014. Nevertheless, as Mercedes continues to increase the choices obtainable on its automobiles, the robots aren’t capable of adapt to new duties. They’re higher fitted to doing the identical jobs repeatedly.

“The variability is an excessive amount of to tackle for the machines,” Schaefer defined. “They can not work with all of the totally different choices and hold tempo with modifications.”

Robots do not get the boot from Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen manufacturing unit solely, although. The machines will work alongside people as an alternative of being confined behind glass. Mercedes, BMW and Audi are all engaged on sensor-packed robots that may function safely alongside their dwelling respiration colleagues.