Applications within the robotics and automation industry typically include dull, dirty and dangerous jobs to humans, commonly referred to as the 3 Ds.
The common misconception is that robots are eventually going to take all jobs from humans; however, robots excel at the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs that people generally do not want to do. Alternately, humans can engage in cognitive work that increases their value to the organization.
Dull jobs, such as loading/unloading parts into a machine, are repetitive and require little human creativity. A robot performing these tasks affords humans the opportunity to be available for jobs that require innovative and critical thinking.
Dirty jobs, such as spray painting/coating applications, expose operators to hazardous materials. Implementing a robot increases precision and material usage effectiveness, while removing the operator from an unsuitable environment.
Dangerous jobs that subject humans to harmful situations include processes ranging from high temperature part handling to other instances comprised of factors beyond human knowledge. Robots integrated to perform these functions eliminate the risk of exposure.