Robot Trends in 2020 - Robots Done Right
In the past decade the use of industrial robots for manufacturing has rapidly increased year over year. The need to improve quality, increase productivity, and reduce costs in order to stay competitive in today’s global markets are some of the main drivers behind the high demand for robotic automation. Decreasing robot costs and improving robotic technology are also leading more manufacturers to switch to industrial robots. Each year articulated robots become more sophisticated, intelligent, and autonomous allowing them to take on more complex applications. In 2020 there have been several trends that have furthered the expansion of industrial robots.
While collaborative robots haven been around for several years, in 2020 they have seen tremendous growth. Companies are seeing the value of having cobots assist workers. Collaborative robots can interact directly with workers without barriers with their rounded edges and advanced sensors for detecting humans or objects. They can adjust or stop operation when they sense someone or something near, preventing collisions. Cobots can takeover tedious tasks freeing up workers to focus on more critical processes. Many manufacturers have now developed collaborative robot models. FANUC has their CR series featuring the FANUC Cr-15ia. While KUKA’s LBR iiwa line features the KUKA lbr iiwa 14.
Growth with Smaller Manufacturers
Industrial robots were once through to only be suitable for large manufacturers due to their high costs and high product volumes. Over the years the costs for used robots have decreased along with advancements in their technology to make them scalable for medium and small volumes. This has led to this year’s trend of robot automation growth amongst small and medium sized manufacturers. These manufacturers are realizing they too can benefit from robotic automation. The growth of the used robot market has also made robotic automation obtainable for smaller companies. Companies can purchase a used FANUC Arcmate 120ic at a fraction of the price of a new robot allowing them to automate without breaking the bank.
Part of the reason why robot prices have decreased is because there are now more robotic manufacturers than ever before, driving up competition and making it easier to automate with industrial robots. Buyers were once limited in their options for to the top robot brands and many stuck with either FANUC, Yaskawa Motoman, ABB, or KUKA. In 2020 there are numerous robot companies that produce high-quality six axis robots like the top manufacturers. Companies such as Universal, Staubli, and Denso are making names for themselves in the robot industry.
Another big trend in 2020 is the production of more durable robots. One of the main purposes of industrial robots is to remove workers from hazardous jobs. Many manufacturers over the years have designed robots capable of operating in harsh work environments, such as the IP67 rated FANUC M710ic/50. In recent years there has been more of a demand to automate hazardous manufacturing jobs to remove the burden and risks from workers. This year robotic manufacturers began introducing more models and options to automate such jobs.
In 2020 there has been a big push to incorporate AI with industrial robots to improve their operation. AI is making robots smarter with the capability for them to learn on the job. Robots with AI can predict when they need maintenance, anticipate potential problems, and even troubleshoot issues on their own.
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