DOES THE ROBOTICS MAKE PAINTERS CODERS?
Robotics is an important part of the work of Juli-Ann Rikkonen, development manager in FSP. Is it possible to learn for instance the experiences of car industry in the industrial surface treatment? How to utilize robotics and how to support the personnel in the continuous change?
– The planning of robotics and its implementation in production, answers Juli-Ann Rikkonen with no hesitation when asking what is topical in her work at the moment.
Rikkonen is development manager in FSP. The innovation and development operations as well as quality development are her responsibilities.
What comes into the application of robots, industry has been a pioneer since 1960s when first robot applications came into car industry. The importance of car industry as adapter of robots and development of robotics is still remarkable. In addition to industry robotics, service robots are also considered. For instance of service robots: distribution and warehouse robots and robots of difficult circumstances which are used in marine and space research among others.
Surface treatment ways from the car industry are aimed to bring to the industrial surface treatment.
– Programming of robots is not anymore as complicated it was before and also their prices have decreased. We are processing painting and shot blasting robots, tells Rikkonen.
Nevertheless, robotics is not simple. Even though the industry in Finland has utilized robotics for 20 years, the idea of utilizing robotics in painting small-pieces is new.
Rikkonen hopes to have a painting chamber with robot already in the short run to the FSP paint shop in Raisio.
– It pays for itself very quickly.
FROM A PAINTER TO A CODER?
Many employees of production can be afraid of that the cost-effective robots will soon do everything.
–My own vision is that human labor will decrease at hard work or at work with a risk of occupational safety, for example harmful metallic dust or solvent vapours, tells Juli-Ann Rikkonen.
– Some people think that robots take jobs, but it is more about the change of work. I wonder hard how the idea “from a painter to a coder” can be carried out and supported in practice.
Human is always needed.
– Robot operates automatically, but needs always comprehension and monitoring, mentions Rikkonen.
FSP’s development organization is in charge of quality as well. Work method development is part of it.
– Although we operate in an industrial branch, the work is more or less operating with people, leading and teaching. We need to have lots of knowledge and cooperation.