Why Mercedes is halting robots' reign on the production line

By Bloomberg via IndustryWeek

Feb 25, 2016

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Mercedes-Benz offers the S-Class sedan with a growing array of options such as carbon-fiber trim, heated and cooled cup holders and four types of caps for the tire valves, and the carmaker’s robots can’t keep up.

With customization key to wooing modern consumers, the flexibility and dexterity of human workers is reclaiming space on Mercedes’s assembly lines.

“Robots can’t deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today,” Markus Schaefer, the automaker’s head of production, said at its factory in Sindelfingen.

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