Mercedes-Benz Replacing Robots with Humans to Customize Mercedes-S Class

Published by , February 28, 2016 7:20 pm

(InternationalBusinessTimes) Mercedes-Benz is to replace some of its robots with humans at its Sindelfingen plant. The company explained that robots can’t deal with the complex levels of individualization offered in the Mercedes S-Class salon. Customized options have become a key in the luxury car market.
Options require changes in the production line. The more options, the more difficult to change the production line. Robots are good at reliably performing repetitive tasks but they can struggle to adapt to new processes and techniques. Robots may take weeks of programming and realignment to adapt to changes but humans can change a production line in a weekend. However, robots will not be completely replaced by humans in the Sindelfingen plant.