Robots in the Workplace

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This is part of our series on Automation.

What is a Robot?[edit]

The Robot Institute of America reported in 1983 that less than 5,000 robots were believed to be in use in the United States in 1981. [1]. They also described what, at that time, "Programmable Automation Technology" was to them:

  1. Capacity for information processing as well as physical work, in connection with such processes as planning, routing, design, fabrication, assembly, monitoring, and diagnosing process problems;
  2. Capacity for quality enhancement, through reliability, precision, and adaptive control of the production process;
  3. Capacity for application to the production of a diverse mix of products, through reprogrammability;
  4. And capacity for integrating production equipment and systems with each other and with design, analysis, inventory, and other aspects of the manufacturing process.

UBot Studio is capable of each of these things. Your computer is a robot - UBot Studio is programmable automation technology. While "Robots" are commonly imagined as futuristic technology, they've been put to work in industry for years. Depending on how classify it, the first assembly lines were "robots." Now that we all have the opportunity to use robots - ie, computers - in our own businesses, as well as simple but effective programmable automation technology, you must automate your business - if you wish to stay in business. For the last twenty years, computers have simply become gateways to the internet, where real business gets done. And most business happens on the web. UBot Studio lets you automate the web, and business, as well as create software products that run automatically for your customers, clients, or employees, making complicated work as easy as pushing a button.

By 2013, there will be an estimated 1.2 million robots in use in the world. That's an increase of nearly 25,000% in just 30 years.

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  1. (Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Automation and the Workplace, March 1983)