This is truly a great innovation. With the ability to reconfigure the production line quickly, without major investment, plants should be much more efficient. The use of software to control the device makes it easier to reconfigure and reuse. Smart devices make for smart processes.
This could also make for some interesting dynamic programming problems.
Thanks for the comment. As you note, this innovation allows you to quickly make changes to your conveyance path and operation without significant demolition and installation labor or material. The major risks associated with traditional assembly line automation and conveyance has been removed, the few remaining risks are mitigated by proving out every AGV on our test track prior to shipment to the customer site.
Any additional programming required for new or unique applications is developed and validated at our Plymouth, MI facility well in advance of deployment to the customer site.
Rod, no doubt this is really a very innovative approach. Few years back in every device and machinery alot of material wiring, cabling and hardware was required but as technology is moving ahead embedded and control systems are becomming more popular 70 percent of the machinery works on software and hardware has been reduces to 30 percent only . That is why these days there is a lot of demand of software engineers and embedded and control system experts.
However control system and embedded system based machinery is more expensive but it requires less workers to operate it hence the upfront cost can later act as a profit as well because it drops down high salary paying tensions. On the other hand from employees perspective it is not good because it has dropped employement.
Secondly software based machinery and devices are although initially very costly but as we all know that technology is changing every moment it is very easy to upgrade them rather than replacing the whole machinery only the particular software can be upgraded.
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