According to one McKinsey report, the demand for industrial robotics has grown by double digits every year since 2012 and will keep this momentum at least through 2021.
Fremont, CA: The application of robotics in manufacturing and industrial environments continues to evolve, advance, and expand at a rapid rate. According to one McKinsey report, the demand for industrial robotics has grown by double digits every year since 2012 and will keep this momentum at least through 2021. Key factors include the need to boost efficiency and enhance productivity while at the same time reducing costs, as well as to increase the safety of employees by responding to the shortage of skilled workers. Decreasing costs and improving the capacities of industrial robotics also have positive impacts. Here are a few trends to be expected in 2021 and beyond.
Collaborative robots, also known as cobots, are designed to operate safely alongside human workers without the need for safety barriers. Typically, these robots are equipped with specialized and advanced sensors and software that help them detect and respond to any human interference into their workspace, enabling cobots to avoid their human coworkers by automatically preventing their movement if required.
Collaborative robots are used for monotonous, time-consuming, or repetitive tasks, leaving employees available for more value-added tasks.
It's been just over two decades since the "Industrial Internet of Things" started to be discussed. In those two decades, IIoT has been firmly established and continues to grow exponentially. The decreasing cost of sensor technology that connects robots and machinery to analytics applications is now helping push the expanded integration of technology. More connectivity tends to increase production line accuracy, flexibility, and productivity through system visibility, data analytics, and improved predictive maintenance.
As more robotics on the factory floor are linked using sensors and their data analyzed, manufacturers can shift to a higher understanding of their development and supply chain. This greater understanding of the value chain helps them retain a leading position in the global market through the power of lean initiatives, downtime reductions, and investments in equipment quality.