Robots seen complementing, not replacing, workers

PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Manufacturers in Rhode Island who are looking for greater efficiency and productivity are turning to automated machines and programmable robots, but the technology creates its own need for human labor. And some things are better done by people. So, managers look for ways to have automated and manual labor complement each other, in a way…

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