Take a look at the robots inside the TESLA factory
Go inside Tesla’s Gigafactory to find out more about their latest updates and the amazing technology it uses. Article via Electrek
Now that Tesla opened up its Gigafactory to the media and Tesla owners last week, we got to see quite a few cool things at what is on its way to become the most advanced factory ever built, but arguably none cooler than the robots working there.
There are a few different kinds of robots helping employees at the plant. Some workers say that they see them as colleagues, something Tesla already tried to implement at its Fremont Factory by giving X-men names to the robots.
Let’s take a quick look at the Gigafactory robots…
While Telsa plans to employ as many as 10,000 people at the factory once at full capacity, the company is also betting on automation to help achieve its goals.
The company hired Eric Christensen to manage industrial engineering at the plant. Christensen has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing automation, primarily at chip maker AMD, and interestingly, CEO Elon Musk often compared the Gigafactory itself to a CPU.
Christensen oversees the overall equipment layout and material flow, something robots participate in.
Robots like these self-navigating Autonomous Indoor Vehicles (AIVs) by Adept:
Unlike most other kinds of the robots at the plant, those AIVs don’t need to be caged or follow floor magnets or navigational beacons, they can navigate the factory freely through the use of a digital map and safely avoid people and obstacles by detecting them with their sensors.
They are primarily used for moving materials between workstations.
They are also customizable. For the visits last week, they were welcoming people to the factory saying “welcome to Tesla”. The automaker also uses them at its Fremont Factory. They modified one to make it look like R2-D2 from Star Wars:
This particular model is called an Adept Lynx. It can handle workdays of up to 19 hours by managing power and scheduling its self-charging operations. It can handle payloads up to 60 kg.
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