DV Hardware - bringing you the hottest news about processors, graphics cards, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, hardware and technology!
   Home | News submit | News Archives | Reviews | Articles | Howto's | Advertise
DarkVision Hardware - Daily tech news
July 10, 2020 
Main Menu
News archives

Who's Online
There are currently 110 people online.


Latest Reviews
Ewin Racing Flash gaming chair
Arctic BioniX F120 and F140 fans
Jaybird Freedom 2 wireless sport headphones
Ewin Racing Champion gaming chair
Zowie P-TF Rough mousepad
Zowie FK mouse
BitFenix Ronin case
Ozone Rage ST headset

Follow us

Foxconn robotic workforce is not advanced enough to assemble iPhones

Posted on Tuesday, December 09 2014 @ 14:56:04 CET by

Foxconn logo
Foxconn has been trying for years to adopt robots to assemble products but even after many delays the plan to deploy one million "Foxbots" isn't coming together as anticipated. Earlier this year the firm installed its first several thousand robots but now reports are hitting the web that cast doubt on the feasibility of the plan.

The robots, which cost between $20,000 and $25,000 each, were reportedly rejected by Apple because they aren't precise enough. Apple requires components to be installed with a tolerance of 0.02mm, whereas the Foxbots are only capable of 0.05mm accuracy.

Foxconn is reportedly redesigning the robotic arms to achieve higher accuracy but this process could take several years. There's even talk of abandoning the traditional automotive robot frame and designing a more human arm with multiple fingers to achieve higher versatility, but this will take a lot of research and will end up costing significantly more than the current Foxbots.
Other OEMs might not have the same exacting standards as Apple, but I doubt the likes of Samsung or Motorola will be too keen on accepting manufacturing tech rejected by Apple. It’s possible smaller Chinese companies that specialize in low-cost unbranded devices and iPhone knockoffs might be interested, though.

Most phones and tablets are assembled mostly by humans simply because of the precision required. Most robots don’t have the manual dexterity required to drop tiny components into devices on an industrial scale. The technology required to make this work exists, but you’d have to design entirely new industrial robots to make it happen. That throws the economics off balance. It seems counterintuitive, but the phone in your pocket might be more expensive if it wasn’t handmade. Foxconn is looking to save money fast, so it used automotive robots as the basis of the Foxbot design.



DV Hardware - Privacy statement
All logos and trademarks are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2002-2019 DM Media Group bvba