Cost and impact: assembly line robots hit the sweet spot

When it comes to financial investment and productivity impact, assembly line automation strikes an attractive balance. By Megan Lampinen

The automotive industry has emerged as a pioneer in adopting smart manufacturing technologies. ABI Research estimates that the industry in general has automated around 50% of its operations, compared to a 20-30% automation rate for most other industries. Automation takes many forms, but vehicle and component assembly line operations represent a particularly promising application area.

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