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Next-Gen, New-Gen, co-worker?call it what you may, a robotics revolution is rolling into manufacturing, warehousing, materials handling and supply chains all over America? and around the world.
Take it from Kiplinger: “The U.S. is on the cusp of an explosion in robotics that will have a significant impact on business and the economy over the next decade.”
The Next Wave in robotics
Technological change comes in waves, sometimes arriving unexpectedly, sometimes not, and most times the technology changes things forever or at least until the next wave begins to crest. That?s good, that?s progress.
Another wave has begun to rise above traditional, industrial robotics. In light of increased competition, this year will see the emergence of a new class of mechanical worker, the likes of which have never been seen before, and which will revolutionize commerce and industry, lose people their jobs, and create new jobs in the process.
Continuing into 2013, the SMB market will become a new battle ground for robotics companies as more low-cost ?co-bots? enter the market.
While relatively young robotics companies such as U.S.-based Rethink Robotics and Universal Robots (Denmark) have targeted SMBs from the outset, the handful of well-established industrial robotics corporations, which have been integral in growing robotic automation in heavy-duty industries, are expected to push their own products geared towards smaller businesses.
We bring to light those various dual-armed, light-weight smart machines, which have been incubating in research labs and, in some cases, are already performing light assembly work in factories.
Combined with concurrent developments in vision, manipulation, computation and additive manufacturing, the next generation of robots is poised to be smarter, faster, stronger and less expensive than current models. Plus, they’ll be working in direct contact with humans.
Among those companies covered are: KUKA, ABB, Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, FESTO, Rethink Robotics, Universal Robots, Kawada Industries, Redwood Robotics, Meka Robotics, Willow Garage, Industrial Perception, Delcam, Robert Bosch and QPoint Robotics Solutions…along with an array of research institutes and international initiatives.Read More