E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2024

Robotics in Manufacturing: A Review of Advances in Automation and Workforce Implications

Author(s): Riliwan Adekola Adebayo, Nwankwo Constance Obiuto, Igberaese Clinton Festus-Ikhuoria, Oladiran Kayode Olajiga

DOI: https://doi.org/10.62225/2583049X.2024.4.2.2549


The integration of robotics in manufacturing processes has undergone significant advancements, reshaping the landscape of industrial production and introducing transformative changes. This review explores the latest developments in robotics within the manufacturing sector, shedding light on the technological breakthroughs and their implications on the workforce. The recent surge in robotics adoption in manufacturing has been driven by the pursuit of increased efficiency, precision, and cost-effectiveness. From traditional robotic arms to cutting-edge collaborative robots (cobots) that work alongside human operators, the manufacturing industry has witnessed a paradigm shift. Advanced robotic systems equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms enable adaptive and autonomous decision-making, further enhancing their capabilities. Automation in manufacturing, fueled by robotics, has yielded numerous benefits such as improved product quality, reduced production cycle times, and increased overall productivity. The review delves into case studies and real-world applications where robotics have proven instrumental in optimizing manufacturing processes across diverse industries. However, as the manufacturing landscape evolves, the implications for the workforce cannot be overlooked. The integration of robotics poses challenges and opportunities for human workers. While automation has the potential to eliminate routine and hazardous tasks, it also necessitates upskilling and reskilling of the workforce to operate, program, and maintain robotic systems. The review examines the socio-economic impacts of increased automation, discussing potential shifts in employment patterns and the need for a strategic approach to workforce development. This review provides a comprehensive analysis of the advances in robotics within manufacturing and their profound implications on the workforce. Striking a balance between automation and human collaboration is crucial for the future of manufacturing, emphasizing the importance of proactive strategies to harness the benefits of robotics while ensuring a resilient and adaptable workforce.

Keywords: Robot, Manufacturing, Automation, Workforce, Review

Pages: 632-638

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