Industrial Control DesignLine Blog
National Manufacturing Week opened near Chicago against the backdrop of the brief UAW strike over job security. Robot makers on the floor are touting a technology that they think can help keep jobs of automakers and other in the U.S.
One key for the integration of these robots is their ability to get up and running quickly. Even GM can no longer afford to spend man months to get a robot cell up and running. Man minutes might e closer to the truth.
Robot makers are responding with all kinds of techniques for simplifying robotic programming and setup. GUIs, PLC compatibility, training systems and many other techniques make it more likely that inexperienced workers can get robots up and running instead of shipping jobs to low wage countries.