Ford's Assembly Plants Have Humans and Kuka Robots Work Side-by-Side

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jul 14, 2016
References: media.ford & techcrunch
The rise of automation often causes people to fear that the jobs they do will soon be replaced by a robot, but Ford, its employees and Kuka robots show that man and machine can work together in harmony. Ford calls its Kuka robots "co-bots," which are used in assembly line work to help fit heavy shock absorbers onto Fiesta cars.

The humorous video showing how Ford employees and Kuka robots collaborate also shows that these highly adaptable robots can be programmed to carry out other tasks, such as making coffee or giving head massages.

The trial that Ford is currently running with these industrial robots at its assembly plant in Cologne, Germany is reportedly part of its exploration into 'Industry 4.0 Automation.'