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Robots, as it is now available is "Expensive".
There are many competitive disadvantageous for using Robots in manufacturing.|
(1) The need for "talented and expensive programmers and service technicians" to set the robots and high capital cost.
I give you a "case study". In 1989, IBM contracted out a "high end" printer electronic assembly in Singapore. In this line 50,000 units of the printer were made annually - robots being a "dumb" creature could only make repetitive movements and soldering.
The subcontractor could programme its "soldering robot" to pick & solder onto the circuit boards...but calculated it was cheaper to hire S$600 + overtime workers to do the same (total pay S$1,200 inclusive of salary, pension fund contribution + medical/other benefits - in 1989)...so decided to use a "robotic" - impress the IBM customer + human assemblers.
Then there is the cost of the robot itself....
The trouble was Recruiting and keeping two expensive "rogrammer" and a few technician to "trouble shoot" the "robot"! (The programmer would cost S$4,000/month while the technicians cost S$3,000/month)
(2) Robots has trouble "seeing and recognizing" components in "rapid change" short product cycle products.
The days of the "I Robot" kind of machines are still far away. Robots using "fuzzy mathmatics algorithm" is still unable to differentiate objects. At best, it could only "guess accurately" 90 to 95% of vision received by an inbuilt robotic eye.
there are more points but....what i meant to say, robots is a "play thing" or a device needed in a high income, high priced products society....
at the moment, we are not able to reproduce a robot which cause less than a human assembler for most product class.
Human eyes and brains remains "top notch" in most assembly work with small production runs like 100,000 units or less annually!
Maybe might work in high taxation societies in Switzerland or Germany but the unit cost of the products is way to expensive for ordinary consumer.
Lord of the code.
Note: By the time robots becomes affordable, China would have already achieved the Producer/Consumer society and would not rely on an export market...in fact, it is already preparing for such a NEW WORLD....