Ford Motor Company is busy with early testing of an assembly line robot co-developed with German robotics company, KUKA Roboter. The robots will assist workers in manufacturing cars.
Two 3 ft tall machines are being used at the Cologne, Germany factory. The automated workers assist humans install Ford Fiesta shock absorbers. Without the robots, workers were juggling shocks and tools to install them. The new machines help position and install the parts.
The robots sense where a person is and remain close by for assistance, and at the same time ensures the robots don’t injure a person. Along with heavy lifting, the robots can be programmed to make coffee and take care of delicate tasks.
Ford presents the robots as a contributor to safer, faster and easier quality vehicle assembly. Karl Anton says the robots ‘open up unlimited worlds of production and design for new Ford models’. At present the robots are resident at the Cologne factory, but could head to other plants in time. The new collaborative robots are called co-bots.
“Robots are helping make tasks easier, safer and quicker, complementing our employees with abilities that open up unlimited worlds of production and design for new Ford models,” said Karl Anton, director, vehicle operations, Ford of Europe.