The manufacturing company behind the iPhone, Foxconn, seeks to replace human workers with robots. Expressed by General Manager Automation Committee Foxconn, the company has a three-phase plan to make its factory in China to switch to either using software automation and robot named Foxbot.
In the first phase, Foxconn plans to divert the heavy work originally done Foxbot humans to robots. The second phase is to increase the efficiency of the production line, the goal to minimize the number of robots used.
Furthermore, the third and last phase phase is to automate the entire plant. That is, the robot will be more jobs. With a bit of human workers for production, logistics, testing, and inspection processes.
Foxconn had planned to automate the factory since a few years ago. The company targets, until 2020, the production process by robots in the factory of China could reach 30 percent.
At present, the company has been producing 10,000 Foxbot. According to Jia-peng, this is slowly robot will replace human workers. Last March, Foxconn claims to have automated 60,000 jobs at one of its plants.
Jia-peng said, in the long term will be less-effective robot than human. Even so, he did not dismiss the process of implementation of these plans will cost no less. Not only is expensive, the use of robots is also quite difficult and requires a lot of time to program a robot to actually be able to do the desired command.
Therefore, the current labor market is still dominated by humans because it is considered cheaper than if you have to prepare the robot. For that, Foxconn aware it takes time to transition to automation.
For information, Foxconn has several factories in China, namely, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Zhengzhou. Currently, the number of Foxconn workers about 1.2 million people. It also makes Foxconn as one of the companies with workers in the world.