Robotic Trends to Look for in 2023
The use of industrial robots has been on the rise over the past several years as many industries are realizing the necessity of robotic automation. Industrial robot arms have become crucial to helping companies overcome labor and skills shortages, the growth of e-commerce, rising costs, and logistics challenges. Many of these issues fueled the trends we saw in 2022 in the robotic industry and they will continue to fuel this year’s trends. Below is a look at some of the top robotic trends to look for in 2023.
Continued Growth of Robot Installations
In 2023 we are expecting to see an increase in factory robot installations. Over the past few years more industries and companies have moved towards automation. With continued labor and skills shortages along with rising costs, we are likely to see more FANUC LR Mate 200id/7H installed along production floors to combat such issues. Even industries that have been largely hesitant to adopt robotic automation in the past are now doing so. One such industry now embracing robot manipulators is the construction industry.
Higher Demand of Turnkey Robot Systems
With the continued growth of robotic automation we are likely to see an increase in turnkey robot systems such as pre-engineered workcells. Those looking to completely optimize their operations can do so with a robotic manipulator workcell. Turnkey workcells significantly shorten the planning phase and lead times as workcell components are pre-selected and installed prior to shipping. Turnkey systems are less expensive making workcells accessible to more manufacturers. Turnkey systems allow users with little articulated robot experience to implement robotic automation without expensive third party engineering or complex programming.
More Powerful Cobots
The past few years collaborative robots have been a major trend. Many companies are opting for a collaborative approach for robotic automation with the Universal UR5 and other cobots. Cobots can enhance human labor by assisting workers or taking over repetitive and tedious tasks. With the continued demand for collaborative automation we are likely to see more higher payload and longer reach cobot models released.
Increasing Role of Robots in Logistics and Electronics Industries
The logistics and electronics industries are likely to standout in 2023 in terms of their growth of robotic automation. Both industries in recent years have rapidly expanded their use of robotic manipulators. The Yaskawa MH5 and other material handling robots have become key to helping the logistics industry keep up with the growth of e-commerce. While robots like the ABB IRB 120 are proving to be a better manufacturing solution when it comes to handling and assembling the small and complex components of electronic devices.
Expansion of AI in Robotics
In 2023 industrial robots are likely to become more adaptive and intelligent due to the growing role of artificial intelligence. With AI integrated robots, six axis robost can adapt to environmental changes on the go, significantly improving their operation while decreasing programming time. The incorporation of real time information with manufacturing robot arm operation will greatly improve production uptimes.
The last trend to expect to see in 2023 is more user-friendly robots. Lead through programming, pre-configured applications, and simplified maintenance are some of the trends that are making industrial robotic arms easier to use.
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