Based on the most recent trends in the robotics Industry, industrial robotic systems are becoming highly leveraged at various manufacturing hubs, thereby establishing constant growth in technical advancements, technological evolution, and growth at a fast pace. As per a recent report by IDC, a global research and analysis company, global sales of industrial robots including forklifts, robotic welding, pallet handling, material handling, distribution and assembly, robot-assisted manufacturing, CNC machines and other high-volume manufacturing equipment are expected to rise approximately 25% in the next three years to reach USD 32 billion. With such tremendous industrial potential, it is quite imperative for organizations to tap the potential of industrial robotic system. However, to understand the key trends and developments in industrial robotics that have contributed to the significant robotics business opportunity, it is important to comprehend the key drivers of these trends.
The Pandemic - The last two to three years have witnessed a serious decline in the robotics sector due to two major factors. Firstly, the large number of industrial and commercial applications in which robotics can be put to use has created a significant demand for these tools. Consequently, there has been a sharp increase in the supply chain and infrastructure required to support these growing demands. Secondly, as a result of these increased applications, a lot of hardware, software, and human resource has been added to the mix. Due to these, it has become difficult to keep up with the increased demand, thereby creating difficulties in the supply chain and leading to a critical pandemic condition in some regions.
In reaction to both these issues, companies have initiated several steps to address the problem of oversupply, such as by improving logistics, developing automation to support the increased level of industrialization, streamlining the manufacturing process, etc. Thus, it appears that a combination of solutions is required to counter the pandemic. The challenge is to develop advanced tools for manufacturing while reducing the oversupply to make manufacturing cost-competitive. It is also important to ensure the quality and efficiency of products at reduced cost, which will help reduce the over-supply problem. One approach that has been adopted is to build automated systems to deal with the oversupply problem. The systems may be networked to create large-scale integration across product domains to drive down the oversupply problem, and thereby improve the overall efficiency of an industry.
Robotic systems may also be used to build automated tools that can directly enter or exit a manufacturing process in order to allow the flow of materials and goods from the production floor to the final stage of processing. These systems have the potential to reduce oversupply problems and allow for fast deployment of manufacturing capacity. This will allow companies to realize significant cost savings by speeding up the process of deployment.
The 21st Century robotics milestone of the future will most likely be self-driving vehicles with artificial intelligence. These autonomous robots will travel around the globe performing their duties without any supervision. This could be done either by foot or by vehicle, or even both. Such vehicles may travel along public highways or back roads, through uncharted territories, or may even get involved in local conflicts if they are programmed to avoid certain types of human settlements. Such vehicles will then communicate with human drivers to deliver goods or services and perform any other function humans may require.
In the near future, there will be no more humans needed to operate a factory or any other industrial production facility. Robots will be the worldwide leader for these jobs. Manufacturing still plays a major role in society, but the current trend in robotics technology means that it won't be as necessary to produce everything. Instead, these factories will be run by autonomous robots, humans won't need to be concerned about their well-being, or the well-being of the surrounding environment, and they won't be required to do all of the heavy lifting. A well-functioning factory should not need to employ more than one hundred people. A worldwide robotic manufacturing market should make available jobs to people who otherwise might have been forced to live on the unemployment lines.