Robotic Trends That Will Revolutionize Manufacturing

Robotics is an ever growing and ever evolving field. 2017 was big for various fields of robotics, and that is only the beginning of what lies ahead in 2018 and beyond.

Smarter, more skilled robots are seeing the light every day. Three emerging trends are responsible for most of the improvements in the robotic world.

Robots have played a role in the motor world for a long time. As we move along, robots’ abilities will continue to increase and improve.

Let’s take a look at the biggest trends that are shaping the evolution of the robotic world:

Collaborative Robotics

Collaborative Robots first appeared in 2014. Since then, these types of robots have become an important innovation in many different types of manufacturing industries, such as automotive and electronics. Aptly named “cobots” because of their ability to work in tandem with human workers, cobots can work alongside humans to product work faster and more efficiently than humans could alone.

The use of collaborative robotics is expected to increase rapidly in upcoming years. But rest assured, these types of robots are not meant to take the place of human workers, but instead join traditional industrial robots on the bench.

The flexibility of collaborative robots is likely their most beneficial aspect. These robots will work together with humans in order to increase productivity in various aspects of modern manufacturing. These robots easy to build and contain safety features that were installed to protect their human counterparts.

According to a recent McKinsey report, 800 million jobs could be replaced by robots by 2030, specifically in areas of manual labor and physical work, such as machine-operators, fast food workers and data collection jobs. The idea is that they will be assistants to human workers rather than replace humans. They are expected to learn tasks by simply watching humans and then repeating the tasks over and over. This will ensure that the lives of humans will be made easier by the robots without robots replacing humans.

China’s Robotic Revolution

As the robotics industry continues to grow around the world, more robots are released into the field at a faster rate, which increases the growth rate of new businesses that invest money and time into the robotics industry. A prominent example of this is China, who has purchased more industrial robots annually than any other country since 2013.

By the beginning of 2017, China will have overtaken Japan as the largest industrial robotics operator, due to the country’s large intake in robots to replace its large human workforce. As a manufacturing powerhouse, China is known for its huge human workforce, but China has hopes to reduce the costs of human workers by using robots to make businesses more cost effective and productive.

More and more countries continue to invest in robots, but China has set an example for the robot revolution with its decision to fill the automation gap with robots. The demand for robots in China expanded so quickly, China started developing its own robot makers to fill the gap. As more robots make up China’s workforce, more millennials are happy to step aside and take up job positions elsewhere besides the assembly line.

The robot revolution won’t slow down anytime soon. Countries with high manufacturing outputs, such as India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, hope to stimulate economic growth by increasing the use of robots and automation within industrial fields.

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