collaborative robots + people = competitive advantage

in robots @ work by Jeff Green

Yanfeng (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors, with 30,000 employees in 113 facilities in 17 countries around the world.  The company’s workforce also includes Sawyer collaborative robots which are working on packaging tasks in the manufacturer’s Monroe, Michigan facility.

“Learning to work with these robots and deploy them on the line has been relatively simple, and it’s allowed us to stay on the cutting edge when it comes to automation in our facility,” mentioned Gayle Bayer, continuous improvement manager at YFAI.

“We have a strong culture here for continuous improvement and Sawyer provides an opportunity to reallocate people in a way that’s going to be the most beneficial to the business,” explained Lance Hawkins, Manufacturing Supervisor/Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at YFAI. “Automation is new here. Our continuous improvement efforts allow us to make our business the most efficient we can. And to me that means making us more competitive in the future.”

Smart manufacturers like Yanfeng aren’t just looking down the road toward the factory of the future. They’re already embracing collaborative robots, turning them into today’s competitive advantage.

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About the Author

Jeff Green

I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.

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