Ford now has some robot “dogs” doing operations at its transmission plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan. I hate them.
First let’s examine a video, produced by Ford. It seems an employee treats this robot as if it is essential, which it is not.
Now let’s examine GIF. The enduring movement of these robots, produced by Boston Dynamics and leased to Ford, never ages even if the Boston Dynamics robots have been around for years.
Here is another robot with Fluffy, crap too.
Ford says the robots help scan the plant, which humans now do. Ford, of course, presents this amazing technological achievement and says it can save tens of thousands of dollars.
The robots, which Ford is testing at its Van Dyke Transmission Plant, are bright yellow and easily recognizable. Equipped with five cameras, the robots can travel up to 3 mph on a battery that lasts nearly two hours and will be used to scan the ground of the plant and assist engineers in updating the original Computer Design that is used when we are ready to try our plants again.
“We designed and built the plant. After that, over the years, changes are made that are rarely documented,” says Mark Goderis, Ford’s digital engineering manager. “As robots scan our facility, we can see as it currently looks and build a new engineering model. That digital model is then used when we need to retry the plants for new products. “
Without fluffy, the update would be much more tedious.
“We were using a tripod, and we were walking around the stop facility in different places, each time standing for five minutes waiting for the laser to scan,” Goderis recalls. “Scanning a single plant can take two weeks. With Fluffy’s help, we were able to do it in half the time. “
The old road was also expensive – costing nearly $ 300,000 to scan one facility. If this pilot works, Ford’s manufacturing team can scan all of its plants for a fraction of the cost. These cutting-edge technologies help to save the company money and regain facilities faster, ultimately helping to bring new vehicles to market sooner.
So much efficiency! Surely we will all have jobs once robots come in to do the other work that humans do. Let go of these robots in the sun, please. Thanks!