The Next Generation of Robotic Manufacturing
Robotics have been with us since the 1970s, providing a solution to many problems, such as reducing time and labor costs in the manufacturing business, particularly in the car manufacturing industry. Over the past 50 years, robotics have evolved and advanced, and now robots are capable of doing anything, from building, packing, and loading shipments to writing code and managing complex computer systems. Combine these advancements with collaborative robots, and we see a bright future ahead of us.
The motor industry was one of the first to adopt robotics to accelerate the car manufacturing process, specifically using traditional fenced robots, while collaborative robots began to emerge in various industries. We visualize the next generation of robots falling in place next to people, creating safe and efficient working environments that will merge the best of the human world and the robotic world.
Introducing the Future of Robotics in Manufacturing
As robotics advance, we find robotic technology is influenced by the trends within many corporate industries. Here are just a few of the characteristics we’ll find in the next generation of robots:
They are more mobile, increasingly collaborative, much more adaptable and come with additional safety features.
Some common misconceptions are robots are bulky, dangerous for humans to be around while performing and can only perform one task at a time. But robotics are far more advanced. Robots are easily integrated with human workers, and newer models of robots can easily multitask to be as efficient as possible.
Suppliers are researching the next steps in robotics. As technology advances, robots will become more affordable, which means more factories and businesses can incorporate robots into their manufacturing processes.
Robots can also increase competition between small businesses and industry giants. The use of robotics can lower the cost of labor by making it easier to manufacture products quickly, making it possible for countries like the USA to reclaim a part of its industry that was lost to China or Mexico.
Next generation robots are a lot lighter than expected. Weighing a mere 64 pounds, they can easily be taken to where they are needed.
While the automotive industry once dominated in its use of robotics, this is no longer the case. Companies such as ABB use collaborative robotics in its consumer electronics industry because of their ability to work with miniature pieces and components.
As robotics become safer and more intelligent, thanks to artificial intelligence, we hope to see more and more industries integrating robotics into their businesses, bringing a more efficient and productive workforce to the next generation.
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