As new manufacturing technologies are developed, Industry 4.0 is becoming the rule across the supply chain. As Manuel Sordo, General Manager of Universal Robots, explained, Industry 4.0 is about the implementation of Artificial Intelligence, robotics, IoT, autonomous vehicles and 3d printing into industrial practices and the automation of factories. “Robots play a huge role across the supply chain,” he said.
“Processes inside companies used to involve operators a lot,” he said. “But the industry is evolving toward a situation where machines play greater roles and operators mostly monitor the process.” Sordo said robotics offers a bright future and underlined that Universal Robots’ robots are ideally designed for the automotive industry. “These robots are a tool for manufacturing personnel,” he said. “They can be adapted to the operator, receive orders from other machines and provide reports.”
According to him, what Universal Robots is doing in terms of robotics is all about placing the control of factory automation back in the hands of operators. Machine tending, fabrication, laboratory analysis, quality inspection and assembly are only a few of the automotive industry applications of collaborative robots that Sordo enumerates. Industry 4.0 is all about automatizing factories 100 percent, he underlined, but Universal Robots’ technology is about involving Industry 4.0 without living operators aside
On the other hand, Sordo said that these collaborative robots are easy to set up, program and re-deploy and safe to work side by side with humans, which delivers several advantages within an operation. “The latest technology makes operators more efficient,” he said. “Our robots are designed to work on its own, with other robots and with humans.”