The demand for technology that provides autonomous operation is constantly growing. Machine automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming how businesses operate and can significantly improve both safety and productivity in the workplace, as well as increase how many workers are qualified to operate these machines.
These technologies will change the nature of the work and how the workplace itself operates. Machines will be able to complete more tasks than human workers, complement the work that the workers do, and perform certain tasks that humans cannot.
However, there are certain factors that must be taken into consideration when implementing machine automation and AI into the workplace.
Redesigning Workplace Operations
Both workflow design and workspace design must adapt to working closely with machines. This has to be done in order to create a safe and productive environment for workers to be working alongside automated machines.
Implementing New Safety Measures
Companies using machine automation and AI must minimise the risks and dangers that workers may potentially experience. High-performance computing platforms and sensors must be put in place to assist operators by providing visual or auditory signals to direct workers.
What type of platforms and sensors a business requires will depend on their intended industry and application. However, there are some common factors to be considered with all of these machines:
- Safety: Machines must be able to recognise any people and obstacles near where the machine is operating.
- Boundaries: There must be limits with the machine’s movements to prevent the machine operator or other people in the surrounding area getting injured.
- Directional Guidance: There should be highly visible indicators of where vehicles can travel through safely.
Training for Workers
With new technology comes the need for workers to acquire the skills to use it and adapt to working alongside machines in the workplace. Workers may have to be trained, allowing them to transition from redundant occupations to new occupations that will upskill them and keep them employed.
Learn More Today with HYDAC
If you’re interested in learning more about machine automation, contact HYDAC today by calling 1300 449 322. We can provide you with more information and recommend ways to make mobile machinery autonomous.