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A visionary manager will occasionally find a "wave of the future" technology that can change the manufacturing process. Since such technologies are relatively unknown to others in the organization, their implementation can make or break their success. The New Process Gear (NPG) plant, a division of New Venture Gear, Inc., has experienced this scenario with its robotic installation. This field study examines several robotics facilities in NPG, beginning with the earliest installation and going through the last installation of a complete robotics system. Through this experience, five areas were necessary for the successful adoption of new technologies: identification of opportunities, high quality equipment, supplier competence, training and teamwork. By examining the process of robotics implementation through various facilities over time, several important lessons can be obtained on the implementation of new technologies that may be applicable to other technological applications.



The similarities of the planning and adoption cycles of the respondents included the following:

1. Improving the competitive position of the company was constantly cited as the main reason for the implementation.

2. Senior management initiated and supported the introduction in all cases.

3. The adoption cycle focused on a gradual implementation.

4. A robotic form consisting of an arm attached to a stationary base was the only type implemented.

5. The response of the workers was considered positive, although several different patterns emerged.

6. Everyone made extensive use of provider training.

The two motivating factors for implementation were the desire to update the process technology or expand the production capacity. All replaced operators received cross training in other production areas or were used as process monitors. Quality improvement was mentioned as a benefit by seven respondents; the remaining two use robots exclusively for loading / unloading. A diverse set of other benefits was described, while the financial recovery averaged a year and a half for the five reporting companies.

The selected technical implementation factors were also collected and analyzed. For example, eight respondents modernized robotic technology, while seven required updating or degrading the capabilities of robots to better meet user needs. The two respondents who did not support an internal awareness program had no human interface with the robots. The only respondent who did not maintain a continuous evaluation of the new technology was the only participant who decided not to carry out future implementations.

The analysis of the data collected led to a series of management guidelines to plan a successful robotic implementation. These guidelines include: the need for a strategic automation plan, the interest and support of senior management, a gradual implementation process, the monitoring of affected personnel and an information system for planning and control.

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 Even with primitive intelligence, robots have demonstrated ability to generate good gains in factory productivity, efficiency and quality. Beyond that, some of the "smartest" robots are not in manufacturing; they are used as space explorers, remotely operated surgeons and even pets – like Sony's AIBO mechanical dog. In  some ways, some of these other applications show what might be possible on production floors if manufacturers realize that industrial robots don't have to be bolted to the floor, or constrained by the limitations of yesterday's machinery concepts.robotics
 With the rapidly increasing power of the microprocessor and artificial intelligence techniques, robots have dramatically increased their potential as flexible automation tools. The new surge of robotics is in applications demanding advanced intelligence. Robotic technology is converging with a wide variety of complementary technologies – machine vision, force sensing (touch), speech recognition and advanced mechanics. This results in exciting new levels of functionality for jobs that were never before considered practical for robotics
 The introduction of robots with integrated vision and touch dramatically changes the speed and efficiency of new production and delivery systems. Robots have become so accurate that they can be applied where manual operations are no longer a viable option. Semiconductor manufacturing is one example, where a consistent high level of throughput and quality cannot be achieved with humans and simple mechanization. In addition, significant gains are achieved through enabling rapid product changeover and evolution that can't be matched with conventional hard tooling.


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