You like buying consumer goods, then thank the robots
When you start looking at industrial sectors, you realise that what you take for granted is not always so straightforward when it comes down to the details of exactly what is involved.
Take the consumer goods industry, or sector, or however you want to label it. You can say consumer goods within a conversation and everyone will nod their heads, but if you then ask exactly what is meant by that, you might get a few different definitions.
So when we are thinking about consumer goods, here’s a definition I nabbed from good old Wikipedia:
A final good or consumer good is a commodity that is used by the consumer to satisfy current wants or needs, rather than to produce another good. A microwave oven or a bicycle is a final good, whereas the parts purchased to manufacture it are intermediate goods.
Got that? So simply put, whatever you buy in the shop, the finished goods so to speak, is the consumer goods, anything before that part of the process, is not consumer goods.
So arguably, how will robots be involved in this industry? We look at it like this, robots can help to get the item onto the shop floor and they can also help to sell it.
And the more that robotics and automation are involved, the better, because the more streamlined process behind the consumer goods, the better.
So there you go and this is where most people will come across their first robot, on the shop floor.