From routine assembly or packaging work to processes requiring high precision, robotics is a fundamental part of today’s and tomorrow’s industry.
The robotics that comes presents advances directed fundamentally in three aspects
- Improved connectivity between machines (robots), and the Internet
- Learning from the robots themselves in the performance of their jobs (learning machine and artificial intelligence for its connectivity with others and with the Internet
- The connectivity between robots workers and human workers.
In all these points, the capacity to transmit and receive data practically in real time plays a fundamental role. Here, the development of 5G technology and its widespread implementation will mean a before and after in the control and monitoring of automated (or robotic) processes.
A remarkable aspect within the great variety of robots is the degree of specialization.
Robotics specialists comment on this as they do on human resources: “just as staff may be needed, robots can be designed as a multi-purpose worker to carry out various jobs within the production chain or as highly qualified personnel specialized in a particular task, there are currently jobs that can only be carried out by robots
At this point the AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) control systems give way to the AIV (Autonomous intelligent Vehicle), which has the capacity to move without the need for guides, simply by using sensors, optimizing movements, redesigning more optimal movement routes, and intervening simultaneously with other workers.
This is another change that is already present in the industry and that evolved even more thanks to connectivity: the “liberty” of robot movements and the ability to “make decisions” to configure its most optimal route in the movement of goods. These robots are essential for the optimal performance of the logistics and warehouse management centers of a large number of industries. Likewise, without them it would be virtually impossible to manage the large amount of merchandise traffic related to online commerce. Sometimes they indicate that by 2040, 95% of purchases are made through electronic commerce and robots are prepared for it.
Process automation has proven to be key to the growth and competitiveness of companies.
Technology and technical advances have allowed the incorporation of robots and automation to almost any industrial process, in many of them robots play an indispensable role.