Amazon has about 45000 robots at its warehouses to fulfill the orders efficiently. It now also plans to put up a fleet of air-borne drones for faster deliveries. At a Fanuc plant in Oshino, Japan, industrial robots produce other industrial robots and there are only four workers per shift. In a philips plant which makes electric razors in Netherlands, there are more than 14 robots per production worker. Canon has began phasing out human labor at several of its facilities since 2013.There are many more examples of manufacturing companies using robots to automate many of their tasks.
These ‘light-out production’ concept, where the factories are fully automated and doesn’t require human intervention, is becoming increasingly common in modern manufacturing. The reason for this fast-emerging trend is the continuously decreasing costs of robots combined with the ever-increasing cost of human labor. Robots can be deployed for tasks which are dangerous or difficult for humans to carry out. They can also be used for mundane repetitive tasks so that humans can focus on more creative and analytical tasks.