Thanks to the immediate arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT), we can integrate image-processing abilities into machines. This, when combined with machine vision technology, will continue to propel the modern robot industry.
Robots generally refer to human-like devices that are designed to help with different industrial tasks. More specifically, an industrial robot is applied in mechanical operations such as manufacturing. The application of these devices is no longer reserved for sizeable factories. This is visible on the widespread adoption of robots in smaller firms. With more companies evolving towards robotics, the future seems bright. Below are some of the things we should expect in the industrial robot industry.
We Should Expect A Growth Of 10% In The Industrial Robot Industry In 2020
For a long time, we were familiar with traditional robots that often performed their industrial tasks away from human beings. In the past, any robot that was allowed free human interaction had to be restrained. This was in terms of physical capabilities to prevent them from inflicting any harm. With the arrival of cooperative robots however, humans no longer have to worry about a robot harming them.
Investors are shifting their focus to collaborative robots (cobots). These robots are less complex in terms of programming and integrating with current processes. They are also fitted with safety sensors that protect their human partners from any possible dangers. Machine vision technology will also bestow these robots with the ability to see anything within the vicinity of their manufacturing space.
In 2019, for example, the market for cobots stood at $649 million. This indicates a high demand for precision and faster processing capabilities.
Increased Competition And Innovation In The Robot Industry
The emergence of more robotic companies translates into increased competition in this industry. As companies try to outdo each other, we are likely to see the manufacturing and betterment of industrial robots. Companies are likely to take their robotics game a notch higher thanks to the possibilities brought by IoT and the need for big data analysis. We still have untapped technology in various in the niches of underwater robotics, coordination of multiple robots and different types of mobility in robotics.
In the near future, a legged robot may deliver your package. Enhancing the mobility of robots through innovating a few that move differently will ensure service delivery in different sectors.
Tech-inclined countries like China and Japan, for example, are at the forefront of exploiting robotic intelligence. China for instance already has robotic waiters in most of its restaurants. Seeing more Avatar robots in Japanese couriers will not be a surprise at all.
Industrial Robots May Build Your Next Smartphone
Typically, we are used to having robots perform the 4-D types of tasks. These are tasks that are humiliating, Costly, harmful or Dirty. In the future, however, there’s a high chance of robots moving into the electronics industry. This industry warrants super fast speeds and high precision that can accurately assemble the microelectronic components.
From the way we are wired, the human performance is not fast enough. Electronic producers are therefore starting to realize that integrating robots in their operations is an instant solution.
Robotic manufacturing is faster, efficient and can help in increasing output while at the same time reducing costs. A robot can perform multiple tasks at a go. For example, in electronics manufacturing, this translates into assembling all parts, wax application, test operations, and packaging. Thanks to all these abilities, robots will greatly impact the electronics processing industry. They will, therefore, help with assembling silicon chips and other digital devices.
Combining Machine Vision And Machine Learning Will Birth More Intelligent Robots
Experts are currently underway with plans of making robots smaller and more intelligent. They plan to use Machine Vision Technology to help robots perceive and interpret their ‘vision’.
The next phase of the industrial robot technology aims at integrating different robotic concepts. Such concepts include ML and real-time data. Such an advanced level of integration will allow robots to collaborate with other industrial robots. This will thus enhance industrial processes to run smoothly.
Robot experts will integrate an aspect of Machine Learning called reinforcement learning to acquire knowledge of their surroundings. This is possible through trial and error. Robots will be able to perceive the experiences of their counterparts and adapt to them accordingly.
Robotic research labs are overflowing with activity as the experts strive to invent new and improved versions of robots. The industrial robot industry will be the main heir of these inventions. This is because it is one of the industries that are dependent on these robotic agents.