Robots have been part of the manufacturing industry for longer than most people are aware, but the advent of linear actuators has created a world in which they can be used in more industries and workplaces throughout the world. People aren’t stopping with robots in more minor areas – they are thinking of bringing robots into positions of seniority and importance within the workspace, with the end goal of potentially altering the way we approach teamwork and managerial skills.
Linear actuators, as has been mentioned, are what have brought robots into greater proximity to the workplace, as they have changed the way a robot works. Linear actuators are a way of creating linear motion from rotational motion, but they are a lot more than that too. Linear actuators are created in such a way as to give more control over the motion of the person who is in control.
The technology was originally seen as a way of removing some of the pressure from humans in the workplace. This is why manufacturing was the first to take on robots – since this equipment is far faster and more accurate than humans, it freed them up to take on jobs which were inaccessible to robots. However, there is still a lot we do not know about the inclusion of robots into the business world as a whole – our control over them might turn out to be not as firm as we thought.
Humans and robots are not comparable, but now that we have better technology, robotic abilities are coming along very quickly indeed. Robots can work in collaboration with humans to get the job done, such as having robots to do research while humans write.
Robots, due to the materials they are made of, are more durable than humans and are not damaged so easily. This means that having them in an office will cut down on the amount of time which is lost to humans through doctor’s appointment, sick leave, hospital stays, and so on.
Robots can be used for difficult or dangerous work which humans might not be interested in working on – they can be sent into environments which humans would never be able to survive in.
Robots are, overall cheaper than humans. Their cost is decreasing, and the way in which they have constructed means that they are faster – using motion systems – than humans are normally.
Robots are very good at the following programming, but if you need someone to deal with unexpected situations, you still need humans and how they think.
Robots may be getting cheaper to buy and run, but they are increasing unemployment by huge degrees, which can have a detrimental effect on the workforce as a whole.
Robots, as yet, can’t think for themselves. They can only follow their programming. Humans are the ones who can still think outside the box, and if that is what you want for your business, robots are not the way to go.
Robots are not yet at the stage of being fully fit for a job right away – they still have to be trained by humans. The business would, therefore, need to take on humans as manual labor, and train them on how to most effectively work with robots on a day-to-day basis.