Future of Lean: is a robotic motion a waste?

Motion and transportation count among the 7 basic muda or wastes, that should be eliminated or at least reduced to their bare minimum in order to be leaner. Now, with the probable rise of robotics, will robotic motion (and transportation) still be considered a waste? The Lean definition of waste is any consumption of resources, … Continue reading Future of Lean: is a robotic motion a waste?

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The cobot controversy part 2

The new robots arrive, the humans remain This post is a personal reflection about a statement of German Labor Union “IG Metall” posted on the union’s Website https://www.igmetall.de/robotik-tagung-2015-17975.htm titled “The new robots arrive, the humans remain” (Published November 26th, 2015 and still online June 2017). About IG Metall: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IG_Metall The IG Metall article is in German … Continue reading The cobot controversy part 2

Reading between the lines: Safran puts Cobots at the Forefront of the Factory of the Future

Collaborative robots (cobots) are trendy and a must have for any organization claiming to go for the factory of the future. An article on Safran’s corporate website (May 2017) explains how the high-tech group is putting Cobots at the Forefront of the Factory of the Future. Of course, it caught my attention. Safran is a … Continue reading Reading between the lines: Safran puts Cobots at the Forefront of the Factory of the Future

Can new luddites smash robots in anger?

It strikes me how many robot and cobot promoters downplay the risk for human to lose jobs to automation, digitalization and the raise of new generation of robots. The fact that human workers will remain in business seems too forcefully highlighted to be true. Therefore my question: can new luddites smash robots in anger? According … Continue reading Can new luddites smash robots in anger?

Cobots: more cooperation than collaboration

Cobot is the contraction of “collaborative” and “robot”, name and concept of a new kind of robots able to work literally hand-in-hand with humans without a safety fence between them. Cobots are hype and the word tends to become generic for any kind of robot working in close proximity of humans. A study from the … Continue reading Cobots: more cooperation than collaboration

Should robots look human to be likeable?

I wonder why so many robots projects are based on human-like androids. The human body is a great system with some mechanical complexity, but also many limitations. Thus, copying the human body for robots may end up in sub-optimized and over complex systems. I assume the idea about having robots around us as cybernetic domestic … Continue reading Should robots look human to be likeable?

How lean can help shaping the future – compact factories

The factory of the future has to comply with several constraints, among which the energy efficiency and respect of environment, the latter meaning nature as well as neighborhood. Factories of the future will probably be close to housing areas, not only because in some areas space is scarce but because commuting is a major source … Continue reading How lean can help shaping the future – compact factories

Would you trade Maria for a robot?

I am fascinated about the promises of robotics and other advanced technologies and prospectively analyzing what consequences - good or bad - the coming disruptions will bring. During my vacation on Canarian island Fuerteventura and regular visitor of my hotel's wellness center, I had plenty of time for thinking about things like "would I trade … Continue reading Would you trade Maria for a robot?

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part5

Not as Many Jobs, But Jobs Contrasting with my pessimistic analysis about jobs in the factory of future, Hal Sirkin, a senior partner with The Boston Consulting Group, would see the positive side of the half full glass in his article published on http://www.wired.com The author discusses the possibility of Foxconn, the enormous Asian gadget … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part5

Robots won’t take your job, investors will

In a previous post I outlined cobots utopia where collaborative robots extend the worker’s abilities and compensate some human weaknesses. In this perspective cobots could keep aging workers on the job and help to improve industrial jobs’ image, often quoted Dirty, Dangerous and Difficult. The cooperation between robots and workers could increase manpower productivity, hence … Continue reading Robots won’t take your job, investors will