Robotics for industries are on it’s way to revolutionize manufacturing all together. The fact that they are getting faster and smarter at the same time they are turning out to be much cheaper than human workers.
Smarter in the sense they are replacing humans by replicating human capabilities with high accuracy and some of the capabilities mastered by robots as of the current technology goes are memory, dexterity, sensing and they are easy to train too.
With boat loads of other similar capabilities, there is no doubt they are preferred over humans. Robotics can even perform the most precise jobs with almost zero error, for example, picking up small electronic parts and assembling them on miniaturized circuit boards which is not easy task for a human. But the robots are smart and fast enough to handle such sensitive jobs which require higher precision.
What does it mean to manufacturers?
Robotics are the way to future. They are expensive to acquire but the amount of work and quality delivered by the robots is the tradeoff and they pay off for the initial investments made in the long run.
Especially the small and medium manufacturer’s can now compete with big players with the help of robotics. The price to acquire these robotics technology has fairly decreased over the years and they are decreasing with improvement in the technology.
According to a recent survey more than approximately 60% of the manufacturer’s use robotics in their manufacturing units and this trend to adapt robotis for manufacturing is not going to stop I guess. They are proving to be more profitable to manufacturers and helps them stay ahead of competition.
Obviously, when products made by robots are compared with that of human made products, the quality of the robotics made products is significantly high and they are produced in large quantities with no compromise on quality.
Employing robotics for manufacturing also means that they are programmed to just do one task that is to work and they do it without getting tired. High volume industry level robotics are capable of working 24/7 and still maintain the same production quality.
Robotics are definitely a game changer. People now can spend more time on manufacturing rather than hunting for a low cost worker.
Auto makers are the foremost employers of robotics for manufacturing vehicles. Robotics perform all kinds of jobs but when it comes to assembling smaller parts they do require small human assistance to do it. But Renault has come up with trend setting technology that will make the robots much more lighter and faster, which means it is easy to install and uninstall. This means the manufacturers don’t have to spend heavily on installing or reconfiguring their factory floor plan to acommodate the robots.
Previously humans working alongside the robots were at risk of being hurt by the fast moving arms of robots but now they are smart enough to detect humans and avoid them, with the help of cameras and sonars.
Robotics for manufacturing are not limited to any one particular niche out there, they can be programmed and designed to work with all kinds of manufacturing units.