Nigel Smith is managing director at TM Robotics, a Toshiba Machine partner.
Some of the main trends for robotics in 2022 include a greater emphasis on flexibility as well as developments in artificial intelligence (AI).
The soldering process has remained the same since 1896 when the patent was granted for an “electric heating apparatus” automation could change all that.
As companies look to diversify to help improve sustainability, robot programming that is simple enough to be refigured to any kind of manufacturing environment is critical.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to consider their plant floor, the type of robot and more when choosing a robot supplier.
A manufacturer that saves money on labor by using automation can increase investments and demand and create more opportunity for employment. Factory floor workers can manage tasks that require skills that automation cannot replicate, leading to further innovation.
A survey from the Global Robotics Report 2019 highlights a general lack of knowledge about collaborative robot safety requirements, which can be dangerous for workers on the plant floor.