In today’s manufacturing environment, which is characterized by change and unpredictable demand, the traditional assembly line is no longer convenient. New, flexible assembly systems are needed to deal with high production variety.
Industry 4.0 technology was developed to help assembly lines adapt to the challenges of today’s global marketplace. This technology can increase flexibility, robustness, productivity and traceability.
Ironically, this is particularly true for manual production. People still play a primary role on assembly lines, especially when assembling complex mechanical products, such as gearboxes. But, as product complexity and variety increase, so, too, does the amount of information assemblers must process and thus, the risk of errors.
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