Foxconn Assembly Robots Aren’t Meeting Apple’s Demands


Foxconn has deployed some factory assembly machines recently to help assemble iPhones and other Apple devices for more convenience, but so far the program may not be as successful as they may have first anticipated. According to the Chinese economic website Jiemian and G4Games, the first-generation Foxconn robots are not that accurate and precise to meet Apple’s demands and standards.

Foxconn factory robots have been given a task with menial jobs that include the assembly of big components and tightening screws. But, the bots are proving to have an accuracy to 0.05 mm, which is above the 0.02 mm standard required to assemble Apple’s products.

Foxconn has been searching and seeking ways to improve production to meet Apple’s demand for iPhone and iPad units. They recently increased their hiring ahead of planned Apple product launches, and it has been reported that they had hired up to 100,000 new workers to help assemble the iPhone 6. The manufacturer also may be looking to enter the display market with a new display manufacturing plant based in Taiwan.

Sources say part of Foxconn’s issues with their factory robots is their lineage, which were adapted from the car manufacturing industry. These larger, bulky robots are not made or designed correctly with the proper flexibility necessary for the assembly of Apple’s thin and complex devices. Foxconn reportedly is working on the second-generation assembly robot, but it is said that their technology still may need additional years of refinement, simply before they can make a meaningful account to the assembly procedure.