Workplace safety has come a long way since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, but factory floors can still be dangerous places. Working alongside powerful machines presents all kinds of hazardous scenarios. Working with machines, performing repetitive tasks, can also cause injury. Robots can help in both areas, Michael Perry, vice president of business development at Boston Dynamics told IndustryWeek.
“We expect to see increasing adoption of robotics, fueled by a growing need to remove people from hazardous work and automating the tasks that are impossible to automate with traditional tools, robots, or drones,” he said.
As an illustrative case, Boston Dynamic’s new mobile robot, Spot, recently inspected Chernobyl’s nuclear waste site, measuring radiation levels and creating 3D radiation heat maps.
For more from Perry on robots in logistics and in a post-pandemic world, read here.