Foxconn seeks to fully automate its factories

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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22 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 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...

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"He'll make it happen......somehow." #TrumpSupporterLogic :^)

3. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

LOL. BTW, Happy New Year kiko

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And a happy new year to you too my friend.

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

#TrumpSupporterLogic Sadly those guys are the majority.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Too true man......too true. Happy New Year! (Hopefully he gets impeached before next year.....)

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

19. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

13. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

16. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

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

10. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

12. Beijendorf unregistered

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.

17. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 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

21. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

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

6. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

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

20. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

11. Beijendorf unregistered

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

14. mrochester

Posts: 998; Member since: Aug 17, 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.

18. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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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