Manufacturing — 28 June 2019

Why we shouldn’t be afraid of human and robotic collaboration

The fourth industrial revolution has disrupted the manufacturing industry, resulting in a skills shortage. In fact, a recent study by Deloitte predicts there will be 2-3.5 million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2025 as a result of this widening skills gap.

The issues that now face the manufacturing industry are vast. Advancing technology means that in the manufacturing industry, in particular, employers now need their employees to demonstrate a vast array of new digital skills that many people simply do not have. These include digital problem solving, code writing, and a deep understanding of digital manufacturing tools.

So, how can manufacturers overcome the tide of impending changes and find new opportunities? Well, deploying robots is a great place to start.

To find out more, we spoke to Dropbox Business customer Ulrike Meyer, CIDO of Willenbrock to discover how robotics is being used to improve collaboration and streamline workflows in the manufacturing industry.

Watch our video above to see how the role of robots is changing the industry, and why we shouldn’t be afraid of human and robotic collaboration.


Ulrike Meyer, CIDO, Willenbrock

“I would definitely say that manufacturing has changed. The way that we employ people to do certain jobs is going to be different. I’ve seen just this one thing that amazed me! In China, in a certain factory, every worker has a digital co-worker. It’s a robot and they actually prayed together in the morning and do morning sports. I think we shouldn’t fear that robots are coming more into manufacturing because it would help people to get their job done.

Machines that talk to humans are very knowledgeable and it takes a lot of smart programming to be able to do that. If a robot is taking over a certain type of job that a person doesn’t have to do you still have to have a person to tell the robot what to do. I think it will just slowly change and shift towards that but the key is to just be open, talk and communicate.

I think that is going to be the future and we shouldn’t be too afraid. Dropbox Business makes it easier because that’s what the whole point is to collaborate no matter where you are, no matter what your time frame is and no matter what team you usually belong to so if you have a certain type of thing that you’re working on together, then Dropbox Business can help.”

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