Current Trends In Industrial Robots

Aug 14, 2018

Recognizing the quickly advancing robotic trends helps production lines stay on top of the latest and greatest automated solutions. Here we list some of the newest robotic trends to look out for in the next few years.

Industrial Robot Trends

The con­tin­ued advance­ment of new tech­nol­o­gy inun­dates fac­to­ry robots with a con­stant influx of trends. It is now nec­es­sary to stay on top of the trends to keep your pro­duc­tion line glob­al­ly com­pet­i­tive. Man­u­fac­tur­ers can expect to see the fol­low­ing trends on the rise.

1. Indus­tri­al Inter­net of Things (IIoT): The Indus­tri­al Inter­net of Things” is lead­ing to even new­er lev­els of pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, pre­ci­sion, flex­i­bil­i­ty, and effi­cien­cy on the pro­duc­tion line. It is cre­at­ing ways to inte­grate the phys­i­cal world into our com­put­er-based sys­tems, pro­vid­ing improved effi­cien­cy, accu­ra­cy, and eco­nom­ic benefit. 

The IIoT will tie every­thing togeth­er through advanced sen­sors and net­work­ing while pro­duc­ing capa­bil­i­ties to cap­ture, share, and act on real-time data that is con­stant­ly being gen­er­at­ed and imme­di­ate­ly avail­able. This com­bined with the addi­tion­al options of A.I. and cog­ni­tive com­put­ing on the rise will pro­duce an incred­i­bly effi­cient automa­tion sys­tem for the future.

2. Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty: Cyber­se­cu­ri­ty threats for automa­tion sys­tems go beyond data breach­es and pro­duc­tion delays, it can also raise some seri­ous safe­ty con­cerns. Indus­tri­al robots are pow­er­ful and deter­mined crea­tures so ensur­ing they stay on their spe­cif­ic mis­sion at all times is imperative.

With the advanc­ing soft­ware and con­nect­ed data net­work, address­ing cyber­se­cu­ri­ty soon­er rather than lat­er will stay on top of vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties to con­tin­ue safe and reli­able production.

With the con­ver­gence of infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy (IT) and oper­a­tional tech­nol­o­gy (OT), cyber­se­cu­ri­ty is no longer some­body else’s prob­lem.” In this age of the Indus­tri­al Inter­net of Things (IIoT), cyber­se­cu­ri­ty is everyone’s respon­si­bil­i­ty. Threats can pen­e­trate all the way to the shop floor.

3. Big Data Analy­sis: As more things con­tin­ue to jump online, it is impor­tant to find ways to orga­nize and ana­lyze all of the infor­ma­tion avail­able. Big data is ana­lyzed com­pu­ta­tion­al­ly reveal­ing pat­terns, trends, and asso­ci­a­tions. Mak­ing sense of the data and link­ing it to the phys­i­cal actions helps to pro­vide bet­ter floor opti­miza­tion techniques. 

4. Vir­tu­al Solu­tions: This helps to pro­vide a vir­tu­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion of robot­ic sys­tems for proof con­cepts. Offline pro­gram­ming cre­ates a graph­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the entire work space, includ­ing all of the robots and machines con­nect­ed to it. This helps allow for the pro­gram­ming of robots out­side of the pro­duc­tion with­out any stop­page; ulti­mate­ly reduc­ing down­time from at least 110 or from 40 hours to less than 4 hours. 

5. Col­lab­o­ra­tive robots: Many robot­ics man­u­fac­tur­ers, includ­ing Fanuc, KUKA, Motoman, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and ABB, are tak­ing advan­tage of new tech­nolo­gies that enable humans and robots to col­lab­o­rate, doing away with the safe­ty bar­ri­ers. Col­lab­o­ra­tive robots (cobots) have been designed with mul­ti­ple advanced sen­sors, soft­ware, and EOATs that help them swift­ly and eas­i­ly detect and adapt to any sort of intru­sion into its work enve­lope. This helps to improve the over­all appli­ca­tion func­tion­al­i­ty, while also decreas­ing the amount of space nec­es­sary for a robot­ic unit. 

You can expect to see these trends bring­ing some of the most impact­ful advances in robot­ic automa­tion. Indus­tri­al robots have become com­mon­place on pro­duc­tion lines, bring­ing a con­sis­tent increase in pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and prof­itabil­i­ty and con­tin­u­ing to change the way we man­u­fac­ture. Automa­tion sys­tems have been a rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nol­o­gy that will con­tin­ue to trans­form the industry. 

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