Posted October 7th, 2020 By SMN Posted in Articles

The potential benefits from totally autonomous production are huge, but manufacturers face considerable implementation hurdles in reaching this goal.

A study by the global consultancy firm Roland Berger has examined the current level of autonomous production across different industries and identified key challenges holding firms back in their drive towards complete automation. In their report titled ‘The Rise of the machines – how robots and artificial intelligence are shaping the future of autonomous production’ Roland Berger introduce their Manufacturing Autonomy Levels matrix, which classifies the level of autonomy in factories by the degree of automation achieved and the degree of control intelligence achieved.

Their study finds that whilst the semiconductor industry has the highest maturity levels followed by automotive OEMs, the aerospace industry lags some way behind given its complex structures and lower volumes. They found that some of the key challenges to reaching higher automation maturity levels include a lack of mobile automation and human-robot collaboration, limited access to data, and insufficient AI competencies within the workforce.

The report proposes five simple recommendations to help manufacturers tackle these implementation roadblocks.

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The Rise of the machines – how robots and artificial intelligence are shaping the future of autonomous production