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Recently making headlines is the efficient (and mostly) unmanned factory of China’s Changying Precision Technology Company. Located in the southern city of Dongguan, the factory manufactures cell phone modules and has robots handling production.
Consisting of 10 production lines, the factory runs 24/7. Previously, this would have required a staff of roughly 650. With 60 robotic arms now installed along the production lines, only 30 workers (three per line) are needed to oversee production.
General manager Luo Weiqiang anticipates that even fewer workers will be necessary as the process becomes more refined, reports China’s People’s Daily.
A technician is responsible for monitoring and controlling plant operations via a central console. In addition to production, many warehouse operations are also handled by automated equipment.
“This is the first step of the ‘robot replace human’ program. In the next two years, the number of robots will be increased to 1,000 and 80% of processes will be conducted by robots,” said Chen Qixing, president of Changying Precision.
The company reports that product defect rates have dropped from over 25% to just 5% with the robots, while production capacity has increased significantly.
Dongguan is said to see many more factories switching over to robots by 2016, as unmanned factories like this one are a key component of the country’s ambitious “Made in China 2025” strategy to upgrade industry nationwide.
H/T: China Daily Forum