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Automakers are making strides to automate the manufacturing process and make production more efficient. AI is even being used to make shopping for car insurance quicker and easier. SEAT's new EffiBOTs are meant to help reduce manual labor during car production.
You can expect to see more changes like this in the future that might make vehicles cheaper to produce and less expensive for consumers. Take a closer look at what EffiBOT can do and how robots will reduce manual labour and save time for car builders.
How are robots being used in car manufacturing?
From food prep to military assistance, it seems like robots have found roles almost everywhere, and car manufacturing is no exception. Top Gear talks about how robots can park, charge, and even design cars. Now they’re going to build Spanish crossovers.
SEAT is a car manufacturer owned by Volkswagen, and they’ll soon be employing EffiBOTs to take over some manual labour from their human workforce. Effidence, a well-known French brand, is the company that built these robots.
The capabilities and benefits of SEAT's EffiBOT
Two EffiBOTs are on trial for SEAT, and they will "follow around" the company’s car builders to make their jobs easier. It will reduce the amount of walking builders need to do to get what they need. One of the biggest appeals of the EffiBOT is the machine's ability to carry and move equipment.
The robot is able to carry up to 250 kg or around 550 lbs of car parts. The EffiBOT is also able to pull 500 kg or 1100 lbs. Not too many humans can compete with those stats.
When SEAT employees tap the touchscreen of the EffiBOT, it will follow them around the factory and navigate around people and objects. With a manufacturing facility that measures over 30 million sq. ft., it can save builders a lot of time.
Expect more robots in the future of car manufacturing
Robots are no stranger to the car industry. However, SEAT will be the first auto manufacturer in Spain to use these EffiBOTs.
SEAT vice president of production and logistics, Herbert Steiner said, "Autonomous mobile robots place us at the forefront of innovation in the automotive sector." He added that, "Their incorporation contributes to driving Industry 4.0 and making us more efficient, flexible, agile and competitive." Companies like SEAT may be the first, but they won't be the last.
Robots will make production easier and the savings might trickle down to consumers in the future. In the meantime, you can still save costs on your car.
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