Expectations of Automation

Apr 19, 2012

The future of automation is limitless with the quickly advancing technologies we are seeing today. The growth of automation has taken off and led to even higher expectations for what is to come; it will be exciting to see what the future of automation holds.


The growth of fac­to­ry automa­tion has tak­en off in the last decade due to the surge in tech­nol­o­gy. This growth has led to high­er expec­ta­tions of automa­tion, which have been met by indus­try and new inno­va­tions. With all the new devel­op­ments it will be excit­ing to take a peek into what the future of automa­tion holds.

Growth of Fac­to­ry Automation

There have been many new devel­op­ments in indus­tri­al automa­tion that have led to its growth. There has been the devel­op­ment of the pro­gram­ma­ble log­ic con­troller (PLC) which has made pro­gram­ming robots eas­i­er and more reli­able. The easy pro­gram­ming of the PLC has been espe­cial­ly help­ful in car man­u­fac­tur­ing with auto­mo­bile test instal­la­tions which requires repro­gram­ming often.

Anoth­er devel­op­ment in indus­tri­al automa­tion is the replace­ment of large main­frames with PCs for con­trol sys­tems. This has helped reduce man­u­fac­tur­er costs along with sav­ing fac­to­ry space. PCs are also less com­plex to oper­ate than mainframes. 

No one knows for sure what the future of fac­to­ry automa­tion holds, but some pos­si­bil­i­ties include nan­otech­nol­o­gy, wire­less soft­ware, and com­plex adap­tive sys­tems. Inno­va­tors are look­ing to make all indus­tri­al soft­ware wire­less while hav­ing a com­plex adap­tive sys­tem in which peer-to-peer net­works can com­mu­ni­cate with each oth­er. Aid­ing in the wire­less net­works will be nan­otech­nol­o­gy which involves the use of small, low cost sen­sors. Anoth­er pos­si­bil­i­ty in future indus­tri­al automa­tion will be auto­mat­ed fac­to­ries con­trolled by a sin­gle remote con­trol. This would allow for faster net­works, reli­a­bil­i­ty, and for more cus­tomer involvement.

Robots​.com stays on top of the growth of fac­to­ry automa­tion by car­ry­ing the lat­est mod­els of robots. Some of the newest addi­tions to our inven­to­ry include the Motoman MA1900, the Motoman MH165, the Fanuc M10iA, and the Fanuc LR Mate 200iC.

Vision Robots

Anoth­er area of growth in indus­tri­al automa­tion is the inven­tion of vision robots. These robots are com­posed of vision algo­rithms, tem­per­a­ture soft­ware, and cam­eras in order to be able to detect parts and nav­i­gate. Fanuc has devel­oped vision soft­ware called iRVi­sion in which robots use laser sen­sors to posi­tion and auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjust pro­gram­ming in order to com­plete a task. One unit this is com­mon­ly used with is the Fanuc M‑16iB, which is car­ried by Robots​.com.

Automa­tion in the U.S.

The growth of automa­tion goes beyond just man­u­fac­tur­ing; it has helped the U.S. cre­ate jobs, improve safe­ty, and advance med­i­cine. Advanced man­u­fac­tur­ing with robots has pro­duced high­er qual­i­ty cars that in return keep our roads safer with few­er acci­dents caused by mechan­i­cal errors. Automa­tion has also helped keep our mil­i­tary safe with the use of ground robots and aer­i­al drones instead of humans in com­bat zones.

The growth of fac­to­ry automa­tion has also lead to the cre­ation of new jobs. Robots do not take away jobs, instead they make them. Man­u­fac­tur­ers need peo­ple for oper­at­ing the robots, allow­ing peo­ple to hold safer and bet­ter jobs. For every 1 engi­neer, there are 7 tech­ni­cian jobs cre­at­ed. The U.S. leads in the man­u­fac­ture of med­ical, house­hold, and defense robots; fur­ther dri­ving the increase in the workforce.

For a quick quote, please con­tact Robots​.com online or at 8777626881.

Let's talk!

Request your quick quote today.