Robots have been in the manufacturing industry for a while now. Over the years, and for the last five decades, they have transformed from large, ghastly and expensive machines that needed to work separately from human workers to collaborative, small and safe robots.
Collaborative with human workers and with other robots. This is the current frontier for robotics for those companies that can afford them.
Going forward, what do we expect to see in the robotic industry? Here are some of the trends in the industry that could become the new normal in the use of robots.
Wearable robots have been in existence for a while now. They have served the military for long ensuring the safety of soldiers.
Over the years, they have made an entrance into the manufacturing industry. Industries such as automobiles deal with heavy parts for their manufacturing process. Wearable robots are taking root in this industry as they have proved themselves quite useful.
Employees in this industry can wear the robots and thus are able to easily and quickly lift and work with heavy equipment and raw materials.
As more and more industries that are similar to the automobile industry experiment with this type of robot, we are likely to see more of them in our factories.
These are robots that will stand on their feet and work independently.
As populations around the world age, these robots will be useful to run around in the homes as they take care of the elderly.
Further, these robots will also be useful in the restaurant and hotel industry. The future of the hotel and restaurant industry will depend a lot on robots as cooking and meal preparations are repetitive tasks that a robot can easily complete.
This is already in the pilot phase by leading online retailers. In the online industry, robots are already widely used in the warehouse for receiving and retrieving products from the warehouse shelves. The use of delivery robots will not then be a novel idea and may catch on faster than expected depending on the results of the pilot experiments.
Robots are expected to enhance speed and safety on delivery by reducing the human involvement in delivery.
More investment in the robotics industry
As robots permeate through different strata of society, we can expect to see more and more companies getting into the sector. This means that there will be new robot companies that will help improve the already existing robots or develop totally new types of robots that will serve industries and sections of society that need robots and do not currently have them.
We can expect that the future of robotics will result in new companies, robotic products and innovations.
With more and more companies having adopted cloud computing in the last few years, it is also expected that robots will also go the cloud way. For an industrial robotic arm working on the cloud, it will be able to store more programming instructions for the tasks that it can carry out. It can also communicate with other robots and human monitors easily and quickly.
This will allow for faster set up and learning by the robots when they carry out new tasks.
This is especially expected to increase and enhance the use of robots in the transport sector and industry. Laser scanners and internet of things will make it possible for more and more fleets of self-driving vehicles to cruise safely on our roads.
This will the herald the introduction of self-driving cars to individuals.
Robots are increasingly gaining acceptance in society and in industry. As this happens, it is expected that there will be an increase and growth in the robotic industry. Robots will revolutionize many industries and homes that are already used to technology advancements and already experimenting with different types of robots for a variety of tasks and reasons.