In a recent interview about the implications of collaborative robotics, Greg Monson, operations manager at Flambeau Injection Molding, talks about the arrival of their Baxter robot in Baraboo, MI. “The first thing I did was have an all-plant meeting with all three shifts. And I emphasized to everyone within the plant that no associate within Flambeau was going to lose their job because of Baxter.” Instead, Monson says the plan is that “Baxter will free up associates from some of the mundane pick and pack jobs, so that our associates can do the value-added work.”
As for their return on investment, on just half of the jobs Baxter is currently slated for at Flambeau, Monson speculates that the robot cell will pay for itself in approximately ten months. “And that includes not only Baxter, but the integrated conveyor we developed through an outside automation source.”
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