Robots have continued to evolve over the years with many industries adopting them. Today, these appliances are used in diverse sectors and applications such as assembly, welding, painting, pick and place, palletizing, packaging and labeling, and inspection of products. Robots execute these tasks with more precision and speed than would be the case with humans. As technology advances, more trends are emerging. Here are some of the trends to watch out for.
Artificial Intelligence will become Popular in many Manufacturing Companies and Factories
In a bid to enhance productivity and service delivery, many manufacturing companies and factories have adopted advanced technology as well as sensors. The time is now ripe for these sectors to adopt artificial intelligence and advanced analytics. The use of artificial intelligence for autonomous gadgets such as self-driving cars in various industries is expected to rise.
Further, artificial intelligence will be applied to other moving devices such as boats and drones in various sectors such as mining, agriculture, and exploration as well as other areas where autonomous vehicles come in handy.
Automation and artificial intelligence allow the smooth flow of modern jobs which giving employees a break from huge amounts of tedious administrative tasks, allowing them enough time to focus on innovation in fundamental performance areas such as the development of products, customer service, and critical concepts aimed at driving the business to the next level.
Robot Manufacturers will Increase
The increasing demand for robots will see many robot manufacturers join the market. This will not only increase the number of robots in the market, but it will also avail a wide variety of robots at affordable prices. The number of robot manufacturers is expected to increase in the US, China, and Germany in the near future. Some of these manufacturers will produce general robots while others will specialize in task-specific robots with the main focus being speed, safety, reliability, ease of use, and accuracy.
Many of these machines will be used in diverse applications, some of which the manufacturers hadn’t anticipated. Currently, robots are viewed as a programmable platform which relies on third party robotic software providers to diversify applications
There will be Increased Demand for Sensors
As the business world becomes overly competitive, companies will adopt new infrastructure to improve their operations. For instance, driverless vehicles will require more sensors to traverse through roads and streets especially in extreme weather such as snow which hides lane markings. Sensors will also be used in homes, offices, and industrial settings. Some of these items will come in handy to assist robots in translating the information they need to be of help while others will promote the efficient use of electricity.
Cameras will play a huge role in guaranteeing accuracy and regulating tasks, while various sensors will be virtual cages capable of stopping robots when humans get close to their proximity. Where necessary, robots will be wrapped with touch-sensitive capacitive skins which will stop them before they encounter humans.
Logistics will keep on Evolving
Many companies are doing everything they can to develop exceptional products within the logistics sector such as service robots, intelligent warehouses, and self-driving vehicles. Robots used for pick and place and packaging applications have led to the advancement of automation and the use of sensors in capturing data to aid the smooth running of self-driving vehicles and robots on the factory floor will reduce operating costs and enhance the quality of products. Further, automation will lead to enhanced product quality. Recent studies indicate that business executives will leverage more data to establish new concepts of enhancing workflow and precision.
Demand for Vertical Robots will Increase
Today, robots are executing unique tasks such as designing rocket parts, building houses, and even preparing dinner. In the future, unmanned robots and automated kitchens will become common practice. These will not only enhance customer experience and efficiency, but they will also transform the future of industrial automation.
While many employees are afraid of losing their jobs to robots, automation in various industries has created more job opportunities in various countries. Adopting robots is an inevitable process for industries and companies committed to improving their operations.