The Future Workplace

Many industries in the world are adopting the use of robots to automate their operations either partially or fully. In order to be able to benefit fully from the use of robots at the workplace, some strategies should be formulated to ensure proper integration of the systems as well free flow of data.

Robots are being designed to attain higher degrees of flexibility and with the ability to learn new things and adapt accordingly to the environment. There is also greater integration of robots with humans at the workplace enabling them to work together for increased efficiency and productivity. The new breed of robots is being developed with an open-end programming which enables them to be used for various activities with just a change of the code.

All this is set to revolutionize the workplace in the near future. The robot-human collaboration will enable them to make decisions and execute tasks at a greater speed which will in turn lead to increased productivity, boost sales as well as the safety at the workplace.

New generation of robots

· Collaborative robots

Unlike the traditional industrial robots which were caged to limit the direct interaction with humans, the new breed of robots has been designed to work alongside human workers while helping them to execute various tasks with more accuracy. They are known as collaborative robots developed by and are available in the market at a pocket-friendly price so even small and medium enterprises can be able to acquire them.

With the installation of systems such as Warehouse management systems, the collaborative robots can be able to collect data as they work and share it with the management systems. This enables the manufacturers to have real time data of their back office operations. The vision sensors and lasers in-built in the collaborative robots enable them to collect data from their immediate environment and respond accordingly.

Research has found out that humans and robots working together leads to increased productivity than when they work independently. This can be attributed to the fact that when they work together, each of them is able to focus on what they do bets; robots doing the repetitive and boring work while the human worker undertakes tasks that require his knowledge and skills.

·Augmented reality robotics

This involves the use of computer graphics to enable the user to determine the motion of the robots as well as create a channel of communication. The use of augmented reality on robots is creating a buzz in the manufacturing industry as it is increasing the accuracy levels as well as the productivity of the robots. It also reduces the amount of time spent on a particular job as the workers already have the information they need beforehand.

Need for new skills

To be able to achieve optimal integration of robots at the workplace, there is a great need for acquisition of new skills. There will be a high demand for data analysts in the near future who can be able to interpret the data collected by the new generation of robots and provide reports that have an economical significance. Technology designers and programmers will also be needed to help in the programming and development of these systems according to the specific needs of the manufacturers.

Workers who will be indirect contact with the robots also need to be trained on how to work best with the robots for optimal results. The collaborative robots are expected to carry out the dull, repetitive and monotonous tasks while the human worker focuses on important tasks that require great detail.

New partnerships

For the integration of robots at the workplace to be effective, there is a great need to develop new partnerships that will foresee the development and installation of the various systems. These partnerships involve bringing together personnel such as designers, system integrators, robot developers as well as academic research. Each party gives their contribution to the development of an optimal system that is not only productive but also economically viable.'