I attended the demonstration of the Lee College Robotics Club submersible robots (a.k.a. ROV) that was held at the Lee College Gymnasium/Natatorium. Students resolved several initial problems and risks. So proud of the good work by our students.
- Figure the best method to waterproof the project.
- Deciding the type of motors (brush or brushless).
- How to get the board in the main body without short circuiting components.
- How and where to mount motors.
- How to control the ROV (Bluetooth, Wifi or Ethernet).
- Provide proper housing for the motors.
- Test and test and test.
Logistics and retail operations will employ more robotics and drones to assist in pick, pack, and ship operations in warehouses and to drone-deliver merchandise to customers. For large operations, there likely will be a need to use two separate functions in the company to control and run these the assets. Supervision of robotics will require the traditional manufacturing engineering skills such as CAD/CAM, but also will include know-how in warehousing and distribution operations. For drone-based shipping, I.T. will have to integrate these deliveries with existing supply chain and ERP systems. It’s likely that the company will also need a centralized group of operators and operations engineers who function much like an air traffic control center, monitoring drone takeoffs, flights, and deliveries.