Key Industrial Robots Developments for 2021

Key Industrial Robots Developments for 2021

Annalise Pope, Manager Robotic, Johnson Controls

Annalise Pope, Manager Robotic, Johnson Controls

The development of autonomous systems that can navigate outside the visual line of sight and enhanced sensors, batteries, lightweight body materials, and payloads are all examples of advancements in commercial drone technology.

Industrial robots are frequently being used in manufacturing and industrial operations. According to an analysis, industrial robots is the leading robotics segment, with a compound annual growth rate of 18.2 percent from 76.6 billion dollars in 2020 to 176.8 billion dollars in 2025. Manufacturers who expect to deploy robots to fill the looming skills shortage, particularly for material handling duties, are driving this expansion. Three growing industrial robot developments that will have a big impact on the manufacturing and industrial sectors in 2021 are listed below.

Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robots, often known as cobots, are meant to work securely alongside humans without using safety barriers. Advanced sensors, software, and end-of-arm tooling enable them to recognize and respond to changes in their work envelope rapidly and safely. According to research, cobots will be the fastest-growing robotics segment by 2025 due to easy-to-use programmable software.

Commercial Drones

The development of autonomous systems that can navigate outside the visual line of sight and enhanced sensors, batteries, lightweight body materials, and payloads are all examples of advancements in commercial drone technology. One company, for example, has created a self-monitoring smart drone with advanced sensor and automation technologies that makes it a strong option for logistics, transportation, and military applications.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Enabled Robots

AI-enabled robots essentially learn on the job. They collect and analyze data from their surroundings as they work, using actuators, sensors, vision systems, and smart software, and respond in real-time with enhancements. As the robot performs its job and acquires more data, the AI/machine learning algorithms become more efficient. AI-enabled robots are already being utilized in companies to move supplies, clean equipment, and manage inventories.

Customized Robots

More companies are personalizing their industrial robots to match their specific requirements. Six-axis robots are favored because they offer more workspace and may be modified to do various production tasks. They can be improved even further by integrating robot-mounted or fixed camera systems with robot controls to generate unique, efficient motions for specific jobs.

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