Robotics in 2021: Progress and Development

by January 14, 2021 0 comments

Robots can become superior to human beings with the development of artificial intelligence.

From the automobile and aerospace industries to electronics and medical providers, the majority of robots or robotic-like devices today operate in manufacturing. Robots have come into the world of manufacturing and remains a crucial field of interest for manufacturers. Robotics and automation are, for good reason, a crucial way to understand the kind of productivity companies need to succeed in today’s increasingly digital workplace.

According to Robo Global, “The brutal combination of a global downturn in capital spending in 2019, followed almost immediately by the shockwaves of the pandemic in 2020, hit automotive and electronics—the two largest industries that rely on robotics and automation—hard. Heading into the new year, we expect the factory robotics market to accelerate strongly in 2021.”

He further says, “By the end of 2021, we expect the installed base of factory robots to exceed 3.2 million units—double the level in 2015, and still a tiny fraction of the human workforce of 360 million in manufacturing. As this recovery continues, we expect to see significant upside and double-digit growth over the next five years, driven by technological advances, the digitization of production systems, an increase in worker shortages, and a significant boost from post-COVID-19 adjustments.”

 

Increase in demand for collaborative robots

Collaborative robots enable individuals and robots in open or non-cared environments to work together effectively. It is possible to include a human operator and a robot in the same device together by using collaborative robots. To maintain security, these robots are designed in such a way that there is no risk of harm and destruction.

In the entire robot industry, the growth rate of collaborative robots has not been hit very hard. This is because these robots can be used easily to boost their appeal during the pandemic. Another explanation of why collaborative robot sales have remained strong is that the industries that purchase these robots have not been put in the same category as those that purchase traditional robots.

 

Electronics sector increasing automation

For many years, the automotive industry has become the main purchaser of robots for manufacturing activities. However, we will witness a paradigm shift. It has been observed that the growth of the electronics industry in industrial robotics is now higher than that of the automotive industry. For now, considering the increase in narrow profit margins, robot automation in the coming years is expected to become a lucrative concept for the technology sector with customization becoming a trend in this field.

 

Disruptions of the supply chain would not impede robot developers

Although issues in supply chains have slammed some industrial markets, the robot industry has largely escaped supply problems. Companies have been steadily integrating robotics into their practices over the last few years to help them achieve a competitive edge.

The future of robotics is mere conjecture, but a foregone conclusion based on developments in recent years is the relentless technological advances. Robots would undoubtedly impact various aspects of people’s lives, and scientists and philosophers are discussing the future of the human race. Robots can become superior to human beings with the development of artificial intelligence. The robots will be there regardless of the future.

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