Autonomous Robots Are Probably The Next Big Leap In Manufacturing
Ever since the 1960s, manufacturers have been trying to increase the number of robots in their operations. Vendors see them as a surefire way to cut labor costs and increase efficiency. The ultimate goal is to replace practically all human labor with robots up and down the supply chain and essentially churn out good for free.
It all sounds hopelessly futuristic, though. Today’s robots are incredibly limited in what they can do, and they require precision programming to work correctly. Only the biggest firms can deploy them economically, which is why most of the demand is still in the automaker market.