When will robots do all of the heavy lifting?
Worldwide News, News Germany, 01/09/2019
Large, orange and behind a protective fence - the Germans' idea of robots in the working world has remained unchanged for years. And so, as before, 71 percent of employees see their area of application, especially in industry, to perform dangerous or physically difficult work. In contrast, only 41 percent can imagine robots as service providers, and only 14 percent have enough imagination for use in nursing. These are the results of a representative survey by the Staufen management consultancy among more than 1,000 employees in Germany.
"Our study shows that the vast majority of employees - from all sectors - still see the robot as a better crane or fearless laser welder," says Dr. Jochen Schlick, Senior Partner at Staufen Digital Neonex. "Cooperative fields of application and flexible fields of activity such as in indirect areas, the service sector or in the healthcare sector, on the other hand, are still completely underestimated or are completely unknown."
The rather simple image of the “stupid robot” is likely to be a decisive reason why only a third of employees fear that they will be outdone by a robot in terms of precision and accuracy in the future; in industry only a quarter of employees think so. "The fact that around half of the employees see their own workplace threatened by robots shows how quickly ignorance can turn into uncertainty - even among well-trained specialists and academics," says senior partner Schlick. Germany's employees are quite open to the potential advantages of a high-tech colleague. Almost three quarters of them want him to point out their mistakes. The majority of respondents also appreciate the predictability and consistently high quality of the robots' work. "As with digitization, managers are also in demand here," says Industry 4.0 expert Schlick. "They have to take their employees with them into the new world of work, reduce fears and prejudices and work with them to develop specific application examples for the use of robots."
Support with educational work could come from the private sector this year. Both the online mail order company Amazon and the robot manufacturer Boston Dynamics are planning to launch their first robots for domestic use. It could also help to make robots as human-like as possible: According to a study by the Staufen management consultancy together with Staufen Digital Neonex GmbH, every second employee would like robots to have a face as well as arms and legs.
Note the date: NEXCON on February 28, 2019
NEXCON is the international, fully virtual congress on the subject of smart manufacturing. As part of the 15-hour live event, leading experts from well-known companies and institutions (including BASF, Daimler, Schaeffler Group and Fraunhofer IPA) will give presentations on current trends, developments and experiences in the areas of digital transformation, data analytics and augmented as well as virtual reality in industrial applications. In addition, established companies and innovative newcomers will present themselves in the digital exhibition hall. The focus of NEXCON 2.0 is also the connection between the German initiative “Industry 4.0” and the Chinese initiative “Made in China 2025”. Further information for participants, exhibitors and partners can be found at:
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Staufen Digital Neonex GmbH is a subsidiary of Staufen AG and advises medium-sized producers during their digital transformation. In addition to pragmatic digital strategies for medium-sized companies, topics relating to smart factories, data science and digitization of the product range and business model are on the program. The people involved are not left alone at Staufen Digital Neonex. The uncertainty and possible mistrust are minimized through tailor-made qualification programs. Because for Staufen, the same applies to a smart factory: people make the difference.
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Every company has an even better one. With this conviction, Staufen AG has been advising and qualifying companies and employees worldwide for over 20 years. Markets are in motion, the pressure of competition is enormous. Staufen helps to get the right changes going quickly, to increase productivity, to improve quality and to increase innovative strength. With the right strategies and methods, international lean management consulting ensures quick and measurable success - in order to leverage the potential in every company, the Staufen consultants establish a lively and sustainable culture of change together with managers and employees. The Staufen subsidiary Staufen Digital Neonex supports medium-sized industrial companies on the way to digital transformation. With its academy, Staufen AG also offers certified, practice-oriented training courses. From the 13 international locations, more than 260 employees look after customers all over the world. In 2018, Staufen AG was named “Best Consultant” for the fifth time in a row by “brand eins Wissen”. According to the renowned industry study “Hidden Champions 2018”, the consulting house is Germany's best lean management consultancy and has been honored several times with the “Best of Consulting” award by “Wirtschaftswoche”.
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