Apple Makes Foxconn Improve Its Robots for Assembling iPhones
According to the latest report from a Chinese website Jiemian, Foxconn robots, which were designed to assemble Apple's iPhones, are currently not precise enough to cope with that task. However, this doesn't mean that they won't ever be used in the production of the smartphones. They can substitute human workers after Foxconn solves the problems Apple found.
As noted in the report of the Chinese insiders, Foxconn robots have the accuracy of 0.05mm, while the guys from Cupertino need the accuracy of 0.02mm. Apart from that, the so-called Foxbots are too large to be used at the existing factories.
Foxconn robot production accuracy of 0.05 mm, while Apple's mobile phone production accuracy requirement is 0.02 mm. At the same time, Foxbots high accuracy requirements for Apple products, the volume is too great, "the robot has not downsized to fit into the production system in operation" Foxconn insiders said.
Foxconn is one of Apple's main suppliers, that is why I believe the guys from Cupertino will agree to wait till it improves the accuracy and the size of machines.
Using machines instead of human workers can make next generations of Apple smartphones a bit cheaper. Anyway, such a step is currently only in plans, so we should wait.
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