The truth about robotics: From sci-fi films to your assemly line
How robots influence employment, safety, quality, productivity and efficiency at your plant.
The futuristic Jetsons had a robotic maid, Rosie. The robot in the television series Lost in Space warned of danger to adolescent Will Robinson. By the mid 1970s, C-3P0 frenetically moved with slower sidekick robot R2-D2 in Star Wars. There were the Stepford Wives, robotic facsimiles of spouses.
The hope, the promise, the fear of robots is steeped in science fiction and images that entertain and enthrall, but these ideas and images have little to do with the truth.
The truth about robots, robotics, and functional uses is the purpose of this analysis. Putting all mythic notions aside, the state of robotics today has real-world applications, impacting employment, safety, quality, productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness.