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Why Automation still Needs to Interact with People?
7/2/2018 6:53:15 AM / Editor - Benn / Source - RFID tag World - XMINNOV

Why Automation still Needs to Interact with People?


Why Automation still Needs to Interact with People?


Objectively speaking, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) robots has brought about improvements in manufacturing, transportation and logistics industries. For example, robots can perform monotonous and repetitive tasks while maintaining their focus, and there is no risk of error. They can also be close to the untouches of human beings, and they can more accurately assess and take stock of inventories.      

      

In addition, according to McKinsey consultancy, by 2030, jobs for 800 million people will probably disappear. So it is not difficult to understand why workers feel the threat of "future". But this is just a hypothesis. In fact, in the field of manufacturing, transportation and logistics, automation will significantly improve productivity, but the role of human beings is still indispensable.   

         

The "human feeling" in the manufacturing industry            

With the arrival of the industrial 4 era (Manufacturing 4), data collection and exchange include the use of IIoT, cloud computing, and cognitive computing, which will lead to a better direction for the automation industry.            


This new approach will enable managers to get comprehensive visibility of operations and capture relevant data for each process. These information, which will eventually be analyzed by human rather than machine, will increase productivity and achieve cost savings. In addition, IIoT technology can also be used to monitor the stock of raw materials in real time, enabling staff to monitor inventory and replenish goods to continue to increase productivity and avoid problems in a certain link, such as when the components of some kind of paint or car are insufficient.


The automotive industry is an important area in the manufacturing industry that uses automation to promote production. The US Troy Design & Manufacturing (TDM) is a Detroit based company specializing in metal stamping and a subsidiary of Ford motor. The company has adopted a zebra technology solution, and in its restructure center in Chicago, an automatic tracking system is needed to supervise and guide each step of the vehicle for more than 150 times a day. TDM worked with Lowry Solutions, a zebra technology partner, to achieve a powerful vehicle tracking function through radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. As a partner of zebra technology, Lowry, with its familiarity with the product, and TDM's extensive investigation and research, has learned the industry's favor for Zebra technology, and finally chose the fixed RFID reader and integrated antenna of zebra technology.

      

Finally, automated workflow based on RFID technology achieves more accurate visualization and data acquisition, and sets a higher standard for equipment efficiency and output. By deploying vehicle tracking infrastructure, TDM has experienced many advantages of RFID automation. Nowadays, operators are more focused on carrying out their own tasks, simplifying their workflow, and reducing the workload of paper archiving and tracking.  

          

Looking forward to the future, TDM hopes to be more innovative, especially with the help of RFID technology. Discard paper based manual tracking, and more than 90% of the business has now been automated and monitored by the human eye, resulting in the improvement of productivity.  

          

In a word, as TDM emphasizes, automation will promote the improvement of the process at every stage of the manufacturing industry, but when it comes to the best use of data to achieve maximum efficiency, interpersonal interaction is still the most fundamental, critical for responding and making decisions. 


"Human sentiment" in the field of transportation and logistics  Automation is obviously a lot of benefits for transportation and logistics. Automation in mobile warehouses, through mobile computers and scanners, ensures the latest inventory information for employees. Now, as consumers expect to complete the delivery service within one hour, this is a very important and great challenge.  

          

The use of mobile computers makes inventory checks more efficient. The latest version can scan barcodes 70 feet away, save time for employees, perform other tasks in the warehouse, and save energy.  After completing the orderly and smooth warehouse operation, the next link is logistics delivery. Automation can establish a more intelligent and interconnected distribution network for ground and air cargo and package transportation to make real time decision making and improve loading and unloading operation.   

        

By capturing data such as load strength and trailer capacity, companies can now gain valuable insight into achieving the highest level of performance and profitability. In this process, interpersonal interaction will monitor the full load of goods and the need for human thinking to determine when vehicles can start and deliver important goods.  Now this new smart plan is crucial, because e-commerce and the expectations of immediate delivery have driven the "demand economy", and logistics companies must follow this step. This has also promoted the demand of enterprises for further optimizing the speed, accuracy and efficiency of the loading and unloading process. Looking forward to the future.

      

Automation will bring many exciting new developments to the manufacturing, transportation and logistics industries. With the rise of industrial 4, industry 5 is also coming soon, which promotes more cost-effective operation through IIoT. Technology will promote visualization and data acquisition to enhance productivity.  Naturally some people worry that humans may be replaced by machines, but automation may also create new jobs. For example, in the field of transportation and logistics, as more and more applications of UAV technology are used in the delivery of consumer goods, it is expected that the growth of professional UAV managers will be seen. It doesn't sound so far away.      

      

In addition, in the warehouse, if the number of unmanned forklifts increases, the original driver will probably become the role of supervisory operation. Or better, their time can be used to accomplish more challenging tasks in the enterprise.      

      

Obviously, automation will require human beings to respond or interact in some way in order to proceed smoothly. Eventually, some traditional posts will be reduced, but no doubt they will create new jobs and redeploy them where they are needed. We are moving towards a new world of artificial intelligence (AI), but we still need the wisdom of human beings as always, which is the most important thing to achieve efficient operation. 


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