The future of robotics in manufacturing is bright. The market for industrial robotics has been increasing by double digits annually since 2012, and South Korea leads as one of the world’s top adopters of robotics with 710 robots per 10,000 workers.1
This growth is helped, in part, by sustained advancement and innovation in robotics technologies and the availability of robotics engineering skills. Simulation and virtual validation enable testing of various robot applications, streamlining the required engineering tasks and the time taken to perform them.
When coupled with digitalization and other forms of automation, manufacturers can make their production activities more flexible, adaptable and resilient for business continuity.
Advances in robotics
Will be further accelerated by new technologies that have the potential to unlock even more manufacturing value. Some of these technologies include:
Even though robotics has the potential to reshape global supply chains, there are still areas in the supply chain ripe for further deployment and growth:
Although robots are widely used in manufacturing, the planning is often less than optimal. Businesses may not get the full value of the robots and the people who interact with them. Changes in products and processes can also delay product updates and improvements while robots are reprogrammed and tested.
With the technologies and solutions supported by an integrated platform, manufacturers are empowered to simulate new and existing production processes within an entirely virtual environment. This helps them design and deliver optimized robotics solutions fit for the shop floor.
An integrated platform gives manufacturers the flexibility to define robotic work cells, program and optimize the robots and, ultimately, simulate the entire manufacturing environment and product flow. As a result, they can validate production concepts, reduce cycle times and improve all aspects of implementing and programming robot systems and tools.
This platform — the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform — enables manufacturers to realize and benefit from the full potential of robotics and automation in manufacturing. They can design, install and ramp up robotics systems with confidence that they will perform as designed. As a result, they can reduce operational costs, increase productivity and efficiency, avoid costly mistakes, and ultimately transform their operations.
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