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Seven Trends in Industrial Robotics You Didn’t See Coming

How many times did you hear how robotics will take over the world?

Well, they might not take over the world (just yet), but they’re already doing some incredible things and are replacing a lot of workers out of their jobs. Even though many people think this is going to damage the economy – it’s actually going to keep the economy in a healthy balance.

After all, you have to consider the benefits of industrial robotics after all, right?

While you know for most of the innovations already – there are some trends in industrial robotics you might not see yet.

And in this post, you’ll find out the top 7 trends you might not have even imagined until now!

7 Trends in Industrial Robotics You Didn’t See Coming


Figure 1

: Industrial Robotic Examples
Image Source: Robots.com

  1. Smart Sensors at Production Lines (AI)

A number one trend in industrial robotics is a huge one because it doesn’t only apply to one industry – yet is available to companies worldwide, no matter the industry.

Technological improvements in smart sensors are already positively affecting the production lines and we can only predict the huge investments on companies’ side.

Smart sensors could even change the whole infrastructure, especially when it comes down to production – which is really something big.

Some sensors will help robots utilize artificial intelligence and do some tasks more efficiently, while some of the robots will be able to navigate much better and even interact with humans on a whole new level.

This is where Moflon slip rings prove to be useful as we see them more often along side the smart sensors at production lines. They help connect stationary and rotary part of the device while delivering fluid.

  1. Collaborative Robots


Figure 2: Collaborative Robot in Action
Image Source: Teradyne.com

The idea of having robots work alongside humans is constantly growing and that’s why trend #2 is collaborative robots.

This will help produce cheaper and more efficient labor than humans can do. At the same time, collaborative robots will help companies automate the process in many industries, from automotive to agriculture.

This trend is gathering a broader term that is gathering other trends such as the sensors and vertical service robots.

  1. Cybersecurity Improvements


Figure 3: How Cybersecurity AI System Works
Image Source: TheHackerNews.com

Robots aren’t only good at collecting the data but they’re also improving at addressing vulnerabilities as the cybersecurity will become a huge problem unless robots (or dedicated teams within the company) deal with their own security.

The idea of robots is to automatically address vulnerabilities as they collect the data, but also to produce safe and productive results at protecting the inner systems.

We have noticed that most trends are combining together which will lead to an improved and better system. In some industries, many industrial robotic trends are crossing each other’s paths and as time goes by – we will hopefully see a great collaboration between different types of IR.

  1. Virtual Robotic System for Solution

We’ve just mentioned how industrial robotics are combining a number of different technologies to provide a better service.

The virtual robotic system is considered to be an integral part of IR that can help improve the growing process by virtual representations of various robotic systems to companies (in different industries).

These systems will provide proofs of concepts and even offline programming as a solution to a number of problems that manufacturers occur on a regular basis in the manufacturing industries.

We find this to be extremely useful for logistic companies who are dealing with a distribution that can lead to a lot of complex issues.

The combination of virtual robotic systems and smart sensors is going to change the way some industries resolve issues and problems.

  1. Key Source of Information

Since data is one of the most important aspects of most industries – robotics won’t only try to replicate the jobs and do a better job, but they’re going to become a key source of information.

This will lead to robots being the main source of the information inside the factories. Collecting data isn’t as complicated as you might think.

However, what still needs improvement is the way the factories will sort and organize this information, but also how well they analyze it and act on it.

In case technology gets so advanced that trend #4 and #5 can be combined together, this would lead to a 95% automation when it comes down to data and information.

  1. Pollination Assistants in Agriculture Industry


Figure 4: Bee Drone in Design for Robotic Pollination
Image Source: DailyMail.co.uk

You might not know anything about pollination in the agriculture industry, but we all have one thing in common – it’s the need for food.

It’s pretty clear that agriculture is already implementing the use of industrial robotics in order to produce better results with less effort.

As the agriculture industry is becoming far more automated than ever before, the #6 industrial robotic trend is going to help with pollination.

The agriculture industry will benefit from robotic pollination assistants in the types of drones which will be assistants to the bees.

For most, this might seem like a big stretch, but sooner than later, you’ll be able to see robotic bees that will help the combat bee population.

In the end, this will help support the growing demand for food.

  1. Vertical Service Robots


Figure 5: Vertical Service Robots in Action
Image Source: TheManufacturer.com

Everyone is scared of robots who will be taking over our jobs – and that’s exactly what vertical service robots are improving at.

Of course, their goal isn’t to reduce as many jobs as possible but to do jobs faster & in a more efficient way. The labor costs will be cut along the way – but that’s just one of the benefits of automation for growing companies.

Service robots have been around for quite some time, but vertical service robots are aimed to fit and work in almost any industry – whether you’re looking to automate kitchen or improve real-time customer service.

Conclusion

The greatest thing about technology and industrial robotics is that they might not work together at first, but depending on the industry – some of the best trends can get combined together.

Also, with the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), most of these industrial robotic trends will be connected with the internet (especially the ones which require collection and analysis of data).

This will lead to far better opportunities and a lot easier integration in the existing businesses, even when there is a need for a change of the whole infrastructure.