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Foxconn seeks to fully automate its factories

Posted: , by Alan F.

Foxconn seeks to fully automate its factories
The general manager for Foxconn's Automation Technology Development Committee is a gentleman named Dai Jia-peng. According to Mr. Dai, the iPhone assembler is looking to fully automate its factories in three stages. First step will be to replace human workers with robots on tasks deemed dangerous, or for jobs that humans are not willing to do. The second phase will be to automate assembly lines in order to actually decrease the number of robots used.

By the time the third and final stage is underway, factories will have very minimal human involvement. Humans will be handling things like logistics, testing and inspection, and production. Some of Foxconn's factories are already in the second and third phase.

Foxconn currently employs 40,000 in-house produced Foxbots. 10,000 of them can be built by Foxconn each year. Even with the increasing use of robot workers, Dai says that they can never totally replace humans because unlike robots, people can quickly learn how to change tasks. Robots need to be re-programmed every time they have a new job to do.

Right now, Foxconn has 10 assembly lines that are completely automated. These lines are building LCD monitors, PCs and all-in-one devices. There is no word on whether Foxconn plans on using robots to build all or part of the Apple iPhone.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 01 Jan 2017, 22:00 11

1. Subie (Posts: 1299; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


How does Donald expect to bring manufacturing jobs back to America? It sounds like the Chinese are gonna be losing their manufacturing jobs too...

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 22:09 6

2. kiko007 (Posts: 4978; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


"He'll make it happen......somehow."

#TrumpSupporterLogic

:^)

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 22:17 1

3. Subie (Posts: 1299; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


LOL.

BTW, Happy New Year kiko

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 22:20 2

4. combatmedic870 (Posts: 847; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


People have to make the robots, or the robots that make the robots. There will always be human involvement.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 22:20 2

5. kiko007 (Posts: 4978; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


And a happy new year to you too my friend.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 22:52

7. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2617; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


#TrumpSupporterLogic
Sadly those guys are the majority.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 23:01

8. kiko007 (Posts: 4978; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Too true man......too true.

Happy New Year!

(Hopefully he gets impeached before next year.....)

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 23:08 1

9. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2617; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Happy new year! :)
Hopefully, then get replaced by someone else other than Clinton, seriously those two are almost equally horrible.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 23:19 2

10. therealestmc (Posts: 438; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


There might be but it won't those people he promised to bring those manufacturing jobs back to. They are going to be a few engineers and highly educated folks making those robots.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 23:57 2

12. Beijendorf (Posts: 354; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Unskilled labour isn't exactly an employment sector any country with bright future prospects should hope to expand anyway. China is doing the right thing.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 00:04

13. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 795; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)


Maybe he'll give them $5 BILLION in tax credits which is highly plausible. Better yet how about things assembled in automated production lines be required to CLEARLY state it on the front of the packaging. That way we know maybe not to buy such products.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 02:25

15. Leo_MC (Posts: 2296; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Yeah, right, like I would care that a good product is made by a Chinese, an Ethiopian or by a robot...

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 03:57

16. Punchy506 (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


More likely he raises import taxes to a level where it is nearly as expensive to due business abroad as it is domestic. Leveling the playing field. We'll see if he is that bright or competent soon enough.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 06:53 1

17. nedimko_wot (Posts: 115; Member since: 01 Oct 2016)


trump: i will bring back job
people: how!?
trump: i will just do it you will see
people: vote trump!!!!!!

thats the iq level of todays people

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 07:55

19. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


No, actually they are not, this is a huge misconception, and also in some cases deliberate lie spread by some people it seems.

Trump supporters are the minority, by at least 3 million people. More people wanted Hillary then wanted Trump, but because of the electoral college in America Trump won.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 13:44

21. SmartPhoneMobiles (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Oct 2016)


soon ppl will be not working in factories.. everybody will have to either do porn or stick on utube or be self employed ..

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 19:31

22. joey_sfb (Posts: 6453; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I feel sad for those that still believe Trump would keep any of his campaign promises.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 22:22

6. jesus_sheep (Posts: 279; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


If Donald can do what he has promised I would have found a new level of respect for him. Come on!

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 08:41

20. sissy246 (Posts: 3515; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Yeah true
I do not like the guy at all, as a matter of fact I didn't like anyone that was running. But he is are president and we have to live with that or get the hell out of the US. So why wish him to fail, why not give him a chance and see what happens.

posted on 01 Jan 2017, 23:55 1

11. Beijendorf (Posts: 354; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Foxconn are licensed manufacturers for far more corporations than Apple. Including, but not limited to, Cisco, Huawei, Nintendo, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba and Nokia.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 02:17

14. mrochester (Posts: 614; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


I feel sorry for all those Chinese workers who make a decent living working for Foxconn that'll be out of a job again.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 07:53

18. xondk (Posts: 1904; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


There is one line that is rather interesting. Specifically.
"First step will be to replace human workers with robots on tasks deemed dangerous, or for jobs that humans are not willing to do."
Which would seem to indicate there are people doing that work now?

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