Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and data intelligence technologies are promising the future of workplace transformation through empowering efficiency, prioritizing safety, and constraining time for better productivity. The developing technology applications of AI include robotics at the workplace, automated safety checks at factories, autonomous haulage, enhanced manufacturing, and automated timesheets.
The replica of AI technologies at the current workplace are, enhancing productivity by improving safety, efficiency, scalability, reliability, systemization, and automation of work. The emerging unheard applications of AI magnifying the operations by decreasing risk at work include logistics of heavy metal, cargo assembling, mining, etc. Hence it improves employee satisfaction levels, employee free time, more quality time for empowering work architecture, and productivity. Data visualization and 3D work planning are new work strategies for better productivity. In this article, we discuss the evolving AI technologies leveraged by most of the industries.
Robots are programmable machines. The first advantage that robots provide is safety as safety is a prior consideration. Few tasks performed by humans are more dangerous ( working with heavy machines or metals) and it may cost their life. The robots improve operations speed and safety of using heavy or repetitive tasks and increase productivity, employee satisfaction. Robots are more consistent at performing their work. While multitasking, the robots can focus and detect microscopic mistakes in committed operations. Since robots are assigned to the repetitive and tedious jobs that humans take much longer time to complete, they make the employees at the workplace happier and help in better operations. The increased usage of robots creates more jobs by training humans to coordinate with robots in new work environments. As robots are at the initial stage of implementation at a workplace, below listed are few applications where they can be widely leveraged.
- Logistics and supply chain management- cargo, shipments, etc.
- Shipping heavy metals/machinery- in construction, manufacturing, etc.
- Manufacturing various transportation machines- from automotive to aerospace.
- Due to perfection and high productivity, the robots are being used by niche industries for smaller tasks to reduce labor cost and time.
Automated Safety Checks at Factories
Moving forward and speaking about industry 4.0, safety has been embraced in smart factories as they have revolutionized safety as one of the key aspects. The industries today consider automation and regular safety checks as a challenging aspect but with evolving tech of AI, it becomes an on the go application. The Bluetooth enabled IoT sensors at various systems can monitor and analyze the safety measures in the factory. And the safety manager has authorized access to take preventive actions against the situations that are affecting the safety.
Automated safety checks help in quality inspections of products, misleads in employee actions, and pre & post-production procedures. They help in making reliable and available solutions that optimize overall factory operations and productivity. The automated safety will predict the hazards or mishaps that will take place in future time and alerts the respective authority for making qualitative decisions. The internal and external premise inspections of factories provide security and safety.
Autonomous Haulage System
An autonomous haulage system is an advanced fleet management system specially designed for mining operations. This technology integrates machines with vehicle controllers, AI-powered self-driving systems, sensors systems for object detection and identification, and geospatial technology for better mapping and routing to avoid object collisions and travel in defined pathways. Benefits of using haulage systems at mining provide benefits-
- Improved safety measures.
- Efficiency in productivity.
- Decreased number of accidents.
- Better time management systems.
- Advanced tools for detection of ore, metals, and crude oil.
The vision of Smart manufacturing is becoming a reality with AI integrated application of IoT, Blockchain, Augmented Reality, Computer vision, data visualization, and artificial neural networks. The digital twins are considered as the primary concept for enhanced manufacturing developed through the integration of the above mentioned AI technologies. AI empowers and enhances the processes, scalability, operations, idle system management, and virtual machine overlook and maintenance.
Automated Recruiting Systems and Timesheets
AI-empowered recruitment is flexible and adaptable in delivering results. The automated tools for recruitment minimizes repetitive tasks and optimizes the results. The data stored and fed with systems helps in finding the right resources of employees, who can enhance the productivity of the business through their service. Automated recruitment reduces the time and efforts spent in long processes of recruitment. And predictive analytical tools help in identifying the request and demands about a particular employee that a company wants to recruit. Hence identifying, classifying, and screening can be done in an optimized manner.
Automated timesheets are advanced versions of monitoring the employee time spent on performing particular tasks and overall time categorized by an employee towards the organization. The automated timesheets provide digital access to work login from the desired location that surpasses the manual punching system. The application provides easy access to employees at their convenience and seamlessly works on mobiles, tablets, laptops, and computers.
The above-mentioned applications of AI in the article are emerging trends in the workplace and few are at initial stages of testing, but in the next few years, these technologies will be a buzz. Evolving applications of AI and its subdomains are providing ease of work and deployment of these technologies at the workplace will provide an advantage to the businesses by optimizing the niche to high-level operations. The main advantages of leveraging these technologies include smart workflow between interconnected machines, enhanced communications through integrated wireless devices, and empowering human tasks by prioritizing safety.
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