There are multiple manuals and semiautomated processes during the different assembly phases in which humans and robots can work side by side. Indeed, the human element is an essential value-add for automotive manufacturing, as trained operators leverage their experience, intelligence, and decision-making logic to ensure optimal outcomes. At the same time, the repeatability of the robot leads to increased efficiency, reduced quality errors and a lower cost of failure compared to a purely manual process.
The new generation of collaborative robots is a game changer because they eliminate the need for safety fences and incorporate agility to perform intelligent operations. Gap and flush inspection are good examples. However, as a manual process, it can be costly and time-consuming.