Lat­est Trends In Ro­bot­ics

These trends are sure to aid you in keep­ing your busi­ness ahead of competitio­n tak­ing into ac­count all the lat­est devel­op­ments.

Distinguished Magazine - - CONTENTS - AN­JALI PRASAD SHARMA

Gone are the days when ro­bots only man­aged to achieve the near im­pos­si­ble in movies. A rapidly evolv­ing technology, robotic au­to­ma­tion has be­come ubiq­ui­tous in fac­to­ries across the globe. And they only con­tinue to grow big­ger and bet­ter as they add to the pro­duc­tiv­ity and the bot­tom lines of or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The swell of col­lab­o­ra­tive ro­bots, or cobots, has lent it­self to en­hanc­ing ef­fi­ciency while at the same time tackling the fear that these ma­chines are here to outdo or an­ni­hi­late hu­mans. Have a look at the trends listed for the year ahead. These trends are sure to aid you in keep­ing your busi­ness ahead of competitio­n tak­ing into ac­count all the lat­est devel­op­ments.


Now, even the eas­i­est tasks un­der­taken by a ro­bot would re­quire a 3D ma­chine vi­sion. Not only will that be im­per­a­tive for bet­ter pro­duc­tiv­ity but also vi­tal to feed data into AI technology. To ex­pect a ro­bot to get hold of an ob­ject, for ex­am­ple, with­out know­ing its lo­ca­tions be­fore­hand would def­i­nitely not be an easy task with­out the help of ma­chine vi­sion that is to­tally ca­pa­ble of re­con­struct­ing a 3D im­age. Apart from that, AI wold also need to trans­late this vis­ual in­for­ma­tion into a mean­ing­ful ac­tion on the part of the ro­bot.


In­stead of go­ing whole hog and hand­ing over ro­bots at an upfront cost, man­u­fac­tur­ers have come up with the op­tion of pay­ing for a ser­vice that en­ables users to in­crease their ef­fi­cacy while at the same time takes care of the costs like main­te­nance and man­age­ment for the man­u­fac­tur­ers. Users pay a par­tic­u­lar amount at a stip­u­lated rate, in­stead of pay­ing up for a whole ro­bot at once.


Ro­bots will now ca­pa­bly de­ploy smart sen­sors at var­i­ous lev­els of pro­duc­tion so as to be able to col­lect data eas­ily. This data wasn’t ear­lier ac­ces­si­ble to man­u­fac­tur­ers. This trend is as of now be­ing de­vel­oped and is cur­rently be­ing worked on. Also this trend is sure to greater lev­els of pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency.


Drones are mak­ing sure that in­ter­est in their ex­is­tence keeps grow­ing. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent stud­ies un­der­taken, it was pre­dicted that the drone mar­ket would go up from just $2 bil­lion in 2016 to more than $125 bil­lion by 2020.

Apart from be­ing able to trans­port raw ma­te­ri­als as also fin­ished parts from one place to the other, drones are quite ca­pa­ble in mon­i­tor­ing pro­duc­tion lines too. They eas­ily as­sess qual­ity while at the same time take care of the in­ven­tory. This lets the hu­mans take on other im­por­tant facets of man­u­fac­tur­ing with ease.


An­other trend to take note of would be the in­creased mar­ket segmentati­on. Once upon a time, the pro­duc­tion of ro­bots was a stan­dard­ized process, how­ever, now we see for our­selves that ro­bots are present in many dif­fer­ent mar­kets and niches. There are spe­cific mod­els that cater to weld­ing or han­dling ma­te­ri­als and even work­ing on the assem­bly line.


Al­though the ar­gu­ment of ro­bots tak­ing away our jobs will con­tinue end­lessly and some of it will ac­tu­ally even come true, we can as­sure you that this is not all bad news. There are cases where ro­bots take away the mun­dane part of our jobs and leave us to take care of the more im­por­tant facets. Also they can han­dle me­nial tasks, apart from the more dan­ger­ous ones. All in all, ro­bots have a lot to of­fer to quite a few do­mains in the com­ing years.


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