As robotics and artificial intelligence combine, headlines start to predict the end of the world as we know it. Whether used as a point of fear, or a more optimistic view of the future, there is no denying that human roles in the workforce are changing. But, when it comes to humans being replaced by robots, there are a number of factors, when combined, rule out the use of robots in many applications.
Mpac Lambert provides technology leading automation solutions to the medical and consumer healthcare markets, and has established itself as a global leader in cutting-edge automation processes and transformational technologies. Mike Lewis, Innovations Director at Mpac Lambert takes us through his thoughts on this era, and how humans can make manufacturing more automated.
“Human drive is the key to automation in manufacturing. There is this obsession with job-stealing robots that can cause us to overestimate the impact of automation. Every machine, piece of hardware or software, is only as good as the people behind them.
“When integrating automation, we take a holistic approach. We constantly ask ourselves ‘why’. The automation needs to create efficiencies, be highly flexible and customisable. Ultimately for us, it comes down to design – everything needs to add value.
“Automation helps us reduce uncertainty in complex processes and provides us with product consistency and quality control. But what it doesn’t do is have the flexibility of the human mind and the dexterity of the human hand. Automation can’t think, adapt or react in the same way that people can. Instead, we focus on seamless integration, and building machines that work with people, not in replacement of. People are able to provide muscle, whilst machines provide added cognition, and together – both are crucial to accomplishing a given task.
“At Mpac Lambert, innovation is key, it offers us opportunities for new efficiencies as well as products and processes. We work with you to design and develop your product, and its manufacturing processes. We detail all proposed automation and evaluate its impact on the product design and production process, so the resulting effect is improved product quality, automation throughput and efficiency.”