Foxconn installs 10,000 industrial robots in one of its factories

Foxconn installs 10,000 industrial robots in one of its factories
Foxconn is a company that you might have heard of. It doesn't market many products under its own brand, but the gadgets that are assembled in its production plants are likely present in your very own home. Some of these include the iPhone, iPad, Amazon Kindle, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, among many others. 

What has caused the Foxconn name to end up on quite a few headlines, however, are the dodgy working conditions in its factories. In fact, the stress that workers are exposed to is so harsh that nets are installed under the windows of the manufacturer's dormitories in order to avoid suicides. Furthermore, Foxconn admitted last month that it had hired underage workers, aged between 14 and 16. It is estimated that the company employs about 1.2 million people worldwide.

That figure, however, is bound to change, it seems. Foxconn has started installing robots in one of its Chinese factories – 10,000 of them, to be more specific, with 20,000 more planned to be added before the year is out. The goal is for the manufacturer to have a total of 1 million robots up and running in its production plants. The "Foxbots", as they are being referred to are made by Foxconn and are estimated to cost anything between $20,000 and $25,000. However, the new machines can only perform some basic tasks like lifting and placing items. In other words, they lack the precision needed to assemble iPhones, for example, which are already extremely difficult to put together.

At this time, it is too early to predict how many workers the new robots will replace. The machines will initially be used to facilitate the manufacturing process instead of handling it entirely, but eventually, they should be able to fully substitute a fraction of Foxconn employees.   

source: TechWeb (translated) via BGR

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11 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

I hope those robots won't end up commit suicide... just kidding :D

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

LMFAOOO.......good one wendy .....Also they need to seriously do what they can in order to help these people out! .....well.......mainly apple needs to....but yea

4. wendygarett unregistered

Unfortunately, this robots can only capable to make iPad, whereas the iPhone they still need the human labour... the reason of taking this machine is because foxconn believe that the iPad will forever a 9.7inch and 7.9inch size respectively... and they will get the robot who has high learning experience on this size... And the iphone, those labour will learnt to make all over again on that 4inch size phone...

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

My question is: how can you tell the iRobots from the people, don't they both go baa-haa-haa-aaaa?

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

They won't commit suiCiDe, they'll just take over like in the movie; then, Will Smith will come save mankind from the abomiNation.

11. metalpoet unregistered

they will soon have the technology in the robots to make the iPhones and can you guess what those robots will be....ANDROIDS!!!!!!

3. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Oh well... they think that robots are disposable after all... Skynet will have her revenge

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I guess all the adults want to stay working in the farm, and not enough adult, since they have a low population .

8. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

so were outsourcing jobs in America to robots in China now? lol

9. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Robots will replace humans in the future, and all of our jobs are at stake...don't be so damn QWIK to laugh Wendy they use robots to cut human cost...wake up damn how smart are you

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The 2nd sentence is actually false. Anyone who regularly shops for computer parts know about Foxconn, as they do sell some computer components like cases and power supplies under their own name. They are considered one of many "generic" brands for PC parts. Just go on Newegg if you don't believe me.

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