Annual installations of industrial robots more than tripled within 10 years (2010-2019) reaching 381 thousand units in factories around the world.
According to the International Federation of Robots, the top trends in industrial robots during 2021 include:
Robots That Learn New Tricks
Artificial intelligence software in combination with vision and other sensing systems, allow robots to master difficult tasks. One such task is bin picking, which in the past was only feasible for a human hand.
Robots That Work in Smart Factories
The automotive industry pioneered smart factory solutions utilizing industrial robots throughout assembly lines that have dominated traditional automobile production for more than 100 years. The future belongs to the networked interaction of robots and autonomous guided vehicles — or rather autonomous mobile robots.
Robots That Enter New Markets
The connectivity breakthroughs contribute to increased robot adoption in manufacturing sectors that have only recently turned to automation, such as food and beverage, textiles, wood products, and plastics.
Robots That Reduce Carbon Footprint
Investments in modern robot technology will also be driven by the requirement for a smaller carbon footprint. Modern robots are energy-efficient, thus directly reducing the energy consumption of production.
Robots That Secure Supply Chains
The pandemic situation has made the weakness of globalized supply chains visible. Robotic automation offers productivity, flexibility, and security.
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Rob Spiegel has covered manufacturing for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include automation, supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cybersecurity. For 10 years, he was the owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.