Automation at Apple: Robots fail in iPad production

Automation at Apple: Robots fit for recycling. (Screenshot: Apple)

06.06.2020, 11:28 p.m.
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The attempt to automate Apple production has apparently stalled. The robots used are said to have had major problems with the assembly of iPads.

Apple CEO Tim Cook looks into the Automation of large parts of the economy a natural development in the coming years. The jobs of the future are more software-based, Cook said in one in spring 2018 Interview with Recode and MSNBC. Automation in Apple’s own production facilities is apparently running more bumpy than expected. According to one Report from The Information portal the group is said to have encountered many problems in the automation of iPad production.

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Apple: iPad screws are too small for robots

Accordingly, the screws used by Apple are with Assemble the tablets so small that the production robots could not really estimate the amount of force required to screw it in heise.de writes. The robots also failed to apply adhesive to the display panels. In both cases, the The Information report found that trained employees had proven to be far more reliable than the machines.

Similar problems probably existed some time ago with a planned automated production line for the Macbook, which was launched in 2015. Here, for example, keyboards were incorrectly assembled – this resulted in a lot of effort for checking and correcting the work of the robots by human employees. As a result, the product launch had to be postponed by half a year. Product tests and iPhone recycling but the robots should prove to be capable. To what extent Apple will continue to automate final assembly is still unclear, according to heise.de.

iPhone farmer Foxconn: fewer robots than planned

The iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is apparently currently struggling with problems in the automation of its production. In autumn 2011, the company announced that it would use one million manufacturing robots instead of human employees by 2014. So far, the company should only a few tens of thousands of robots use in manufacturing.

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