Over the past decade, technology has seen significant developments introduced. This is especially true within the manufacturing sector.
Robotics have become an integrated part of the manufacturing process for many businesses. Here, we’ll look at how robotics has changed the sector and what businesses can expect from the future of robotics.
Where did it all start?
Industrial robots were first introduced back in the 1950s. However, they were initially designed in 1696 and once introduced into the industrial sector, they were largely used within the auto industry.
Over time, sensors were added to the robots to enable them to carry out more accurate and safer work. Just some of the technology added to industrial robots over the years includes 2D vision, safety sensors, force and collision sensors. The robots implemented into today’s businesses are far more advanced than their original predecessors.
How has robotics changed manufacturing?
The implementation of robotics into the manufacturing sector has changed it dramatically. Initially, there was concern robots would replace workers. However, in countries such as Germany where they have been successfully implemented for years now, this hasn’t shown to be the case. They have however, delivered a lot of great benefits to the manufacturing sector including:
- Increased speed
- Improved safety
- Fewer human errors
- Increased productivity
Manufacturers can now get their products out at a much faster rate. Robots don’t need breaks. They can work practically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The industry has also been able to implement them in areas which were once dangerous for employees. This has improved safety within the sector and ensured workers can focus on other areas of the process. This in turn has boosted productivity and reduced human errors.
These are some of the main ways robotics have improved the industry.
What does the future hold?
The capabilities of robotics in manufacturing are only just being realised. As technology continues to improve, so too will the robotics sector. Demand from companies like RS Components will increase as businesses look to implement robotics solutions. Robots within the industry are also likely to get smarter, allowing them to undertake additional tasks. Experts also predict advanced robotics will offer mobile applications, robotic kitting and multispeed usage options.
Overall, robotics has changed the manufacturing sector significantly in recent years. The above are just some of the changes it has delivered and what the future looks like for manufacturing robots.