Industrial robots have been in our factories for a long time now. Even so manufacturing has completely changed since robots were introduced into the workplace. Technological advancements have led to disruption in the way goods are produced.
Technology has permeated into every aspect of life. Industrial robots have also felt the impact of technological advancements. IT has led to smaller and cheaper robots appearing in our factories and automating tasks that were not previously thought of.
With these changes, the robotics industry is growing. As it grows it relies more on technology to manufacture the cutting-edge robot that will not only be affordable but also friendly to the existing factory worker.
Unique features of the industrial robots of the future
They will use artificial intelligence to learn
For the most part, industrial robots learn than through programming. Users program instructions into the robot which it saves in its hard disk and refers to when completing tasks.
As artificial intelligence and machine learning technology grows, industrial robots will advance the way they learn. They will become more reliant on these technologies and possible eliminating the need for instructions to be programmed into them. They will basically program themselves.
Machine vision a technology that has been tested on industrial robot arms will also be part of the technologies that will help it to learn without actual programming. The robot will have the ability to simply watch as processes are carried out and teach itself through trial and error.
Collaboration among robots
The future of robots is collaborative. As a result of advancements in technology, robots will easily communicate with each other.
The Internet of Things (IoT) allows different devices to communicate with each other over the internet. Collaborative robots will easily take over certain tasks that require high levels of accuracy and precision such as electronic equipment assembly.
Collaboration among robots will usher in industry 4.0 also known as lights-off manufacturing. This is implied in the fact that robots do not require lights to be switched on in the factory for them to go ahead with their tasks.
Enhanced collaboration with human workers
Collaborative robots are expected to become more collaborative. Human robot communication will be improved and there will be actual teamwork between the human and robot colleagues.
With the capacity of vision available to robots, they will be able to actually look at the activity of human colleagues and anticipate their next moves as they work together on a single work cell. Robots will be able to discern facial expressions, body language and even verbal communication.
Cyber security for the robots will also become a major issue of concern in the robot industry. Robot users will have to ensure that their robot networks are well secured against the risk of hacking and other internet security vulnerabilities.
Robots will become much easier to use
Traditional industrial robots required specialized programmers to maintain and monitor their activity. New robot manufacturing methods are producing robots that only require offline programming in plain language. This eliminates the need for specialized programmers to be employed by the organization.
Further, robots will increasingly have more plug and play external modules to enhance their capabilities. Robot app development will also see to it that robots will be easily updated to fit the required skills rather than having to buy newer models or versions of the robot.
Enhanced safety in use of robots
The robots of the future will be much safer than the existing robots. Human workers will be expected to actually collaborate more by getting into close proximity with each other. Robots will also be able to navigate the factory floor with utmost safety for human workers also working on the same floor.
Robots in different industries
The industrial robot arm will also be available in industries that are not normally associated with robot use. Robots will appear in industries such as hospitality, education, medicine and healthcare and even at home.