Digital Technologies and Automation: The Human and Eco-Centered Foundations for the Factory of the Future [TC Spotlight]

George Q. Huang, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Mengchu Zhou, Paolo Dario

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Abstract

Digital manufacturing processes have been extensively transformed by ubiquitous connectivity and collaborative robots so much that the industry of the future is pursuing high productivity, efficiency, and customization by becoming increasingly collaborative, connected, and cognitive. These new technologies have fostered a remarkable increase in production efficiency and an exceptional economic growth worldwide. The need to improve the work environment and the reliability of work procedures in complex and integrated systems has been sustaining a fast and increasing adoption of anthropocentric approaches in robotics and automation solutions for industrial processes. It also opens up new opportunities for robotics and automation to deliver new manufacturing processes for resource efficiency and smart assembly/ disassembly/recycling, in line with the approaches for a sustainable industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9535352
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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