Robotics has helped create huge technological and economic strides through its many contributions to various industries. We’ve seen many amazing applications for robots in everything from automated production to healthcare. And with this kind of trend, there’s no denying that many other industries are expected to grow with the continued advances of robotic technology.
Here are just some of the industries that are projected to have increased growth in the near future thanks to robotics:
Following in the heels set by the automotive industries, aircraft manufacturers are now looking to robotics to fill its backlog of jetliner orders. With the need to create aircraft parts with precision and speed in high demand, robotic assembly lines are expected to be utilized more often by manufacturers. Various tasks, such as painting, drilling and fastening composite airline fuselages and wings, can now be left to robots, giving manufacturers more time to focus their efforts in improving their existing workflow processes.
Food and Healthcare
Automation has done wonders to improve these two particular industries. With the advances in miniature motor technology, this creates efficiency in their respective product lines and allows for more stringent hygienic applications – primarily in packaging and food processing. Such automation can also help with life-saving pharmaceutical research. What would normally take months of work, can be now easily done in a few weeks. Other interesting applications on the rise are robotic surgery, rehabilitation and elderly care.
Despite protests from many notable scientists and other technology experts, the applications for robotics in the defense sector continue to grow. The US is the largest contributor for R&D spending for the development of robotic defense technology. Applications such as unmanned defense systems, new surveillance strategies and improved sensor technology are just some of the things that are being considered at the moment.
The warehousing and logistics space is already greatly benefiting from automation provided by robotics, and this is only expected to grow in the near future. With Amazon making big investments, such as its purchase of KIVA systems in 2012, other warehouse runners are looking to follow suit as consumer demand for shipped goods continue to grow.
Of course, what use are robots without any software to run their systems. With many manufacturers already optimizing their production lines with the use of robotic automation, there will also be a need to invest in software to program these machines.
An open source Robot Operating System (ROS) has already been available to programmers to use for the past 8 years. And with the swift advancement of technology continually on the rise, the need to create better software tools to make robots faster, smarter and more productive will be highly in demand.
SMEs and Collaborative Robotics
The use of collaborative robotics has been considered a huge step up from the more traditional industrial robots that we commonly see. Its purpose is to mainly act as smart tools to enhance human capabilities – where more traditional robots can fulfill its function without human supervision, collaborative robots can work in tandem with humans to a higher degree of proficiency. Small and medium enterprises which are familiar with such technology can reap the rewards, as this particular brand of robotics becomes increasingly more popular. It is expected that the collaborative robotics market will expand to a billion dollar industry by 2020.