It isn’t any kind of surprise, as this is basically every production factory’s dream. What is interesting is that the company is already close to the goal, with many of its factories having fully automated processes with minimal human workers. A Foxconn manager notes that humans can still be pretty useful because they have the flexibility to quickly switch from one task to another, however.
Foxconn Electronics is automating production at its factories in China in three phases, aiming to fully automate entire factories eventually, according to general manager Dai Jia-peng for Foxconn's Automation Technology Development Committee. In the first phase, Foxconn aims to set up individual automated work stations for work that workers are unwilling to do or is dangerous, Dai said. Entire production lines will be automated to decrease the number of robots used during the second phase, Dai noted. In the third phase, entire factories will be automated with only a minimal number of workers assigned for production, logistics, testing and inspection processes, Dai indicated.