"I'm not going to lie. It's different," he said. "Even some of the newer guys who come to work and see it driving itself around are like, 'Am I seeing this?' It's kind of weird because it feels like you're talking to a wall. You see a face but it's still kind of weird talking to a computer screen. I don't normally do that a lot. I don't even do FaceTime on my cell phone."
But after using the robot two or three times and seeing how much time and effort he could save, Ludolph said he was won over and adjusted to his new robotic co-worker.
Now that they're more familiar with the robotic system and they've got the kinks worked out, Stockton said they're looking to use the robots as training tools, as well as to help with repairs.
Factory technicians can also use the telepresence machines to communicate with shop foremen around the world, updating them on technical issues or new plans.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.