What are the facts on robots replacing humans in the workplace in a Chinese factory where production tripled?


    What are the facts on robots replacing humans in the workplace in a Chinese factory where production tripled?

  • 1 Changying Precision Technology Company automated itself with robots

    Changying Precision Technology Company automated assembly of parts, machining equipment, autonomous transport trucks, and automated equipment in the warehouse. The company is based in Dongguan region and produces cellphone parts.

  • 2 650 workers reduced to 60

    The factory employed 650 workers but that number is 60 now. Luo Weiqiang, general manager, told how that number could drop to 20 in the future.

  • 3 Robots tripled the production numbers

    A robot produced 21,000 pieces, while a human worker produced 8,000 pieces. A robot made a 162.5% increase in production rate.

  • 4 The quality of cell parts increased

    Before the robots took over the production, the product defect rate was 25% but for the robots it's below 5%.

  • 5 Robotics are a plan of 'Made in China 2025'

    The robotics upgrade is a plan of 'Made in China 2025' - an initiative to comprehensively upgrade Chinese industry.

  • 6 Another Chinese factory will soon replace their workers with robots too

    Shenzhen Evenwin Precision Technology announced a similar effort to replace workers with robots in May 2015. Other factories will soon automate their work process as well.

  • 7 Local government subsidizes the purchase of robots

    Local government announced a 3 year plan to subsidize the purchase of robots in order to become more competitive in the international market.

  • 8 Automation could add fuel to the fire with recent worker strikes

    Workers in the region recently were on strike because of poor work conditions. Automation and layoffs could add fuel to the fire and make strikes even bigger.

  • 9 Dongguan region is the 'world's workshop'

    Dongguan region of China is referred to as the 'world's workshop' because of the high number of factories located there.

  • 10 The technical staff monitors through a central control system

    The technical staff of the factory just monitors the operating robots through a central control system.

  • 11 60 robot arms work day and night, more are on their way

    At the moment, 60 robot arms at 10 production lines polish cellphone parts day and night. Chen Qixing, president of the company, said that the number of robots will be increased to 1,000 in the next 2 years.

  • 12 The city of Dongguan wants to have 1,500 automated factories by 2016

    The city of Dongguan plans to introduce 1,500 automated factories by 2016. 505 factories have invested 4.2 billion yuan in robots since September 2014, aiming to replace more than 30,000 human workers.