The Robot as Co-worker

The interplay of human and robotic workers promises flexibility, savings and new competitive capabilities when deployed as part of a holistic robotics strategy that incorporates design thinking, human behaviour studies and partner ecosystems.

An emerging generation of physical robots promises to transform manufacturing with its ability to communicate and collaborate, both robot-to-robot and robot-to-human, opening the way to greater innovation and productivity. Achieving these benefits, however, is not as simple as investing in a handful of new robots.

This white paper examines the key opportunities and challenges of a new integrated approach to human-robotic partnerships and provides a plan for how manufacturers can create an integrated robotics strategy built on the requirements and benefits of new collaborative possibilities, including design thinking, human-robot interactions, centres of excellence and integration into the operations environment.

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