We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- How to Implement Robotics in a Rewarding Manner?
- What is Robotics Process Automation (RPA)?
- Invoice Processing bot and Birthday bot.
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
How to Implement Robotics in a Rewarding Manner?
The possibility that most of us will share our offices with robot colleagues in the not too distant future is all too real. Given that such a change is largely unprecedented, it’s only natural for people to be apprehensive about the impending wave of automation.
The Transformation Team at Sterlite Tech, however, has exemplified how Robotics Process Automation (RPA) can be implemented in a way that isn’t disruptive and can instead be rewarding to all stakeholders involved.
What is Robotics Process Automation (RPA)?
RPA as a technology simulates human behavior directly on the application which bypasses the need for the complex integrations that are required for traditional IT automation. This in turn enables RPA implementations to be extremely agile and process owners can be directly involved to leverage the operational knowledge they process. All of this leads to much shorter implementation time for RPA Bots.
RPA has helped organizations reduce turnaround times, scale up volumes and increase process accuracy.
“The Invoice Processing Bot will allow the company to scale multi-x and bring better jobs with reskilled employees, so they can add more value. Those employees can now concentrate on more meaningful work, which helps them advance their careers and is a better utilization of human capital for us as a company.”, says Sharanga Bora of the Transformation Team.
Apart from this, there is a ‘fun’ application of this technology that the Transformation Team has introduced, called the ‘Birthday Bot’. There has long existed a tradition of employees receiving e-mails on their birthdays, but it was recently found out that the employees thought the generic e-mails could be improved upon. So the team made use of bots to post personalized cards on Workplace (Facebook for Sterlite Tech) and ‘tag’ the birthday boy/ girl in those posts. The bot personalizes the messages with a weather report for the location of the employee, making it more fun@work.
These initiatives have been a huge hit and they are in keeping with Sterlite Tech’s endeavor to create an environment which encourages out of the box thinking, ensuring sustainable growth.
What is WiFi?
Put simply, WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to create a wireless network through which devices like mobile phones, computers, printers, etc., connect to the internet. A wireless router is needed to establish a WiFi hotspot that people in its vicinity may use to access internet services. You’re sure to have encountered such a WiFi hotspot in houses, offices, restaurants, etc.
To get a little more technical, WiFi works by enabling a Wireless Local Area Network or WLAN that allows devices connected to it to exchange signals with the internet via a router. The frequencies of these signals are either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bandwidths. These frequencies are much higher than those transmitted to or by radios, mobile phones, and televisions since WiFi signals need to carry significantly higher amounts of data. The networking standards are variants of 802.11, of which there are several (802.11a, 802.11b, 801.11g, etc.).
What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
An optical fibre cable is a cable type that has a few to hundreds of optical fibres bundled together within a protective plastic coating. They help carry digital data in the form of light pulses across large distances at faster speeds. For this, they need to be installed or deployed either underground or aerially. Standalone fibres cannot be buried or hanged so fibres are bunched together as cables for the transmission of data.
This is done to protect the fibre from stress, moisture, temperature changes and other externalities. There are three main components of a optical fibre cable, core (It carries the light and is made of pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) with dopants such as germania, phosphorous pentoxide, or alumina to raise the refractive index; Typical glass cores range from as small as 3.7um up to 200um), Cladding (Cladding surrounds the core and has a lower refractive index than the core, it is also made from the same material as the core; 1% refractive index difference is maintained between the core and cladding; Two commonly used diameters are 125µm and 140µm) and Coating (Protective layer that absorbs shocks, physical damage and moisture; The outside diameter of the coating is typically either 250µm or 500µm; Commonly used material for coatings are acrylate,Silicone, carbon, and polyimide).
An optical fibre cable is made up of the following components: Optical fibres – ranging from one to many. Buffer tubes (with different settings), for protection and cushioning of the fibre. Water protection in the tubes – wet or dry. A central strength member (CSM) is the backbone of all cables. Armoured tapes for stranding to bunch the buffer tubes and strength members together. Sheathing or final covering to provide further protection.
The five main reasons that make this technology innovation disruptive are fast communication speed, infinite bandwidth & capacity, low interference, high tensile strength and secure communication. The major usescases of optical fibre cables include intenet connectivity, computer networking, surgery & dentistry, automotive industry, telephony, lighting & decorations, mechanical inspections, cable television, military applications and space.