What does the future hold for the industrial robot industry? Take a closer look at some of the recent emerging trends that are shaping the future of robots:
Robots Off the Shelf- Industrial robots are more accessible and affordable today than ever before. Standard robot models are now mass-produced, making more available to meet the ever-increasing demand. This increased accessibility has, in turn, led to a steady price drop for new robots. In addition, the used robotics market is further expanding opportunities for low-cost models.
Integration Made Simple- Today, robotic integration is more straightforward, more conducive to plug and play installation. Peripherals, robot models, and controllers are designed to communicate more easily with one another. This compatibility makes for easier workcell building and the resulting systems are more reliable and flexible.
Standardization- Six-axis industrial robots have become more uniform. When comparing robots from a variety of different manufacturers, it's easy to notice the basic similarities in style and usability. Market competition has brought about nearly interchangeable robot series (think payloads and work envelope ranges).
Increased Flexibility- Current robotics components and models can handle more. They are built to offer complexity and durability in different settings. Welding guns have greater longevity. Welders can handle more variety. Robot technology continues to advance - creating robust, capable product.
End-of-Arm Tooling- The versatility offered by the use of quick-change EOAT features opens up large cost-saving opportunities. EOAT allows for the consolidation of simultaneous or progressive tasks through the interchangeability of specialized end components including: gripper systems, vacuum systems, 3-jaw chucks, high-speed spindles, cylinders, or drills.
Dual-arm Technology- The introduction of the dual-arm design has provided solutions to production scenarios requiring a high level of dexterity and agility. The ability to program the dual-arms to work either collaboratively or separately makes them capable of executing an exceptionally wide range of assembly, picking, and tending applications.
Vision Guidance- The unique camera sensory system of vision-guided robots allows for the pick-and-place of multiple parts of varying geometry and eliminates the need for careful orientation of parts when feeding the system. Additionally, when multiple products are manufactured on the same process line, the software-controlled switchover can be accomplished very quickly and without mechanical adjustment.
Robotworx helps companies stay on the edge of the robotic future by bringing new and gently used models of the latest technologies within reach. Please contact RobotWorx with any questions about the future of industrial robots- 740-251-4312.