Robots Lending a Helping Hand
Robots Lending a Helping Hand
Every time you order from Amazon, a robot collects your package. The robot knows exactly where your product is located. It autonomously navigates its way through the thousands of products in the warehouse and picks yours for delivery. With warehouses extending beyond 100,000 square feet, robots are essential to assist workers in meeting Amazon’s quick fulfillment and low cost delivery.
Autonomous robots are defined as “intelligent machines that can perform tasks without human control.” They are designed to automate tasks for humans, often the strenuous, boring, or time consuming ones. When used in industry, autonomous robots are highly effective at reducing costs, improving safety, and freeing up human resources for other tasks.
Robots are a key component for a company’s digital transformation, and many industrial companies are already reaping the benefits of robot automation in their operations.
Clorox deploys several autonomous robots to perform the strenuous and boring tasks required to test its products. Robots clean tiles that are covered in dirt as a result of testing the Clorox cleaning products. In testing the company’s Brita water pitchers, robots are assigned the repetitive task of pouring thousands of pitchers. The company even uses robots to spray surfaces with dirt and hard water, while other robots clean it up using Clorox cleaning products. Each robot takes on a repetitive, non value adding task, freeing up people to work on more meaningful tasks, while at the same time improving job satisfaction.
Phillips 66 has deployed autonomous robots to inspect its petroleum storage tanks. Typical tank inspections require the company to remove the tank from service and drain it so the floor can be inspected. Using the robot, the tank remains in service and the robot navigates its way around the tank floor to gather data on the floors integrity and estimate the remaining life of the tank. The technology has significant implications for minimizing disruptions to the Phillips 66 customers.
Lockheed Martin uses robotics along the production line of its F-35 fighter jet. The company was tasked to reduce costs and increase throughput, without sacrificing production quality. The robots deployed to achieve this include automated paint sprayers for stealth coatings, as well as automated drilling robots that reduce drilling time by 70%. The use of robots has been a success for the company as it has shaved days off of the total production, and will only continue to improve as more robots are added.
A4 Systems has long been in talks about deploying robots in our projects. Although we do not currently have any projects that have deployed robots, we have been discussing with robot providers about the potential opportunities. Over the next few years, we fully expect to include robots as a feature of our cyber physical system solutions.
This article is part of a series of nine articles entitled, “The 9 Pillars of Digital Transformation.” A4 Systems is a world-class team of cyber physical system product developers. We transform quality data into primary competitive advantage by implementing the 9 pillars into our projects and solutions.
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