Fueled by data, advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are driving agility and reducing costs in manufacturing.
The old models of production lines devoted to endlessly pushing out only one kind of widget are making room for manufacturing-as-a-service (MaaS) where factories can be retooled to accommodate a variety of custom products. Manufacturers can make the most of equipment that would otherwise lie fallow, and more companies can use internal resources instead of having to purchase external ones. To accommodate such agile models of manufacturing, companies need infrastructure they can retool and reconfigure on a dime.
These manufacturing shifts are taking place while the industry faces a shortage of talented workers. According to a Gartner® survey, “57% of manufacturing leaders say that their organization lacks skilled workers to support digitization plans. More than half of industry leaders in a Gartner 2021 survey said they lacked the skilled talent to execute smart manufacturing.”1
Autonomous mobile robots fit right into this landscape.