The Ever-Changing Landscape of Robot Technology

Feb 17, 2015

Companies are bringing constant innovations and ways to make robots faster, more accurate, and even more environmentally-friendly. As technology continues to advance, not only will it bring these improvements but it will provide more affordable and accessible robot technology to businesses of all sizes. Robots will be seen in more applications and industries then ever before, bringing increased productivity, efficiency, and decreased production costs.


New robot tech­nol­o­gy” is some­thing that we see on a reg­u­lar basis in the indus­tri­al world these days. Com­pa­nies are con­tin­u­al­ly inno­vat­ing, mak­ing robots faster, more accu­rate, and even more envi­ron­men­tal­ly-friend­ly. As the face of the indus­tri­al robot­ics world changes, so does the rest of the robot­ics uni­verse – putting tech­nol­o­gy that start­ed in the man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try, into the hands of those in oth­er industries.

There are robots every­where now – in banks, in movie the­aters, and even in our homes. With the new break­throughs in touch and vision sen­sor tech­nolo­gies, these robots are also mov­ing into the ser­vice field – tak­ing over as cooks, wait­ress­es, and bartenders.

How­ev­er, it is the changes in these new tech­nolo­gies for indus­tri­al robot­ics that is the real step into a brave new world for man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­cess­ing. Touch and vision sen­sors allow the robot to reach a lev­el of con­sis­ten­cy and accu­ra­cy that was thought unat­tain­able in the past, while also mak­ing robots with these advanced tech­nolo­gies safer than ever before.

One of the most impor­tant parts of any robot work cell is safe­ty equip­ment. In many cas­es, that includes caging or fenc­ing, but that could all be chang­ing. With improve­ments in sen­sor tech­nol­o­gy, as well as inno­va­tions in area scan­ners and oth­er invis­i­ble” safe­ty equip­ment, those cages are start­ing to come down, and man­u­fac­tur­ing is shift­ing into a time where human work­ers may be able to direct­ly inter­act with robots. There are even new safe­ty guide­lines from the Robot­ic Indus­tries Asso­ci­a­tion (RIA) that allow for these inter­ac­tions, because of improved touch and motion sen­sors avail­able on cer­tain robot models.

Over­all, new robot tech­nol­o­gy is a con­stant con­ver­sa­tion that is for­ev­er chang­ing and shift­ing. While this year, it may be touch sen­sors, next year, it could be a way to make robots even faster, or a way to make them more effi­cient by adding an eighth axis. You nev­er know what the future could hold, but it is def­i­nite­ly one excit­ing ride.

Are you inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about robots and the new inno­va­tions that could improve the accu­ra­cy of your appli­ca­tion? Find out more by con­tact­ing Robots​.com experts today, online or at 8777626881.

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