Ford believes robots will not replace humans when assembling carsOctober 26, 2020
The head of production and labor relations of the company is confident that in the process of assembling cars, human labor will always be in demand – at least to check the work of robots
Robotic technology cannot completely replace human labor when assembling cars. This opinion was expressed by the head of production and labor relations Ford Gary Johnson in an interview with the portal Ford Authority.
According to him, a human presence is necessary at least to check the work of robots.
– I think that we will always need a person, because there is work that only he can do: for example, get into a car and adjust certain parameters from the inside. Obviously, we want to improve safety performance in the car assembly process while improving the quality of the final product, and for this we will always need people, ” – said Johnson.
In recent years, car manufacturers have increasingly automated the assembly process by using robots and computers.
Interestingly, this trend in 1913 was set by Henry Ford himself: he developed the first assembly line, which allowed to improve and speed up the assembly process from more than 12 to just one and a half hours. The conveyor made it possible to relieve the workers of the plant and start paying them significantly higher salaries.
The assembly line has set new standards for mass production methods around the world. It was from this moment that companies realized that the use of automated labor not only simplifies the process of assembling machines, but also makes it cheaper. The rest of the companies followed the example, and the process of replacing people with technology is still going on.
For example, in December 2019, an Autonews correspondent got a job at the Moscow Renault plant and checked the quality of a dozen cars at different stages of production in a day. Here’s how he described the process: “The robots swing their claws, connect the glands with welding drops, turn and move parts of the body, which, right before our eyes, becomes more and more like a complete car. It seems that the colossus of the plant can do without people at all “
At the same time, the author added that many operations are still more convenient and more accurate to be done manually, and in matters of quality control, human participation cannot be dispensed with at all.
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