Since its adoption in the manufacturing sector, robotics has proved to be highly useful for production firms, as this technology not only eliminates the manual manufacturing processes from the factories but also opens the doors to newer opportunities. Robots are no longer limited to the shop floor or the logistics departments of a factory as manufacturers have now begun to include them in the quality and technical planning areas as well. To cater to such requirements and growth in demands, either by the customers or the manufacturers, the innovators in the field of robotics are developing machines that are capable of performing complex and wide range of tasks.
On the same lines, industrial robots have now been designed to undertake hazardous and repetitive processes such as welding, drilling, chemical mixing, packaging, and automated palletising. By employing robots to carry out such tasks, manufacturers ensure high quality finishing of the products as robots complete the work in a precise, automated manner. However, apart from these robots that can operate exclusively to carry out any function, collaborative robots or the cobots have entered the manufacturing market space to work alongside humans. This combination of machines and human labour enables factories’ workforce to devote its time to critical and crucial tasks that require rational reasoning, while robots execute other jobs requiring less skills.
Similarly, there are numerous other robotics services that manufacturers opt for, in order to speed up the production processes and boost profits. In this edition of Manufacturing Technology Insights, a distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and analysts along with the editorial panel of Manufacturing Technology Insights explores such promising industrial robotics services providers of 2018.