Building Manufacturing Automation with Optimized Human-Robot Synergy

Coupling industrial automation and robotics with digitalization optimizes the factory floor and drives manufacturing resilience.

Manufacturing automation is inevitable. In fact, the market for industrial robotics has been increasing by double digits each year since 2012.

Robotics' rising popularity is due in part to virtual simulation technology's use in other aspects such as packaging design validation. Adopting simulation on the factory floor enables manufacturers to easily test various robot applications. At the same time, they can reduce the frequency and duration of human-centric engineering tasks.

Though robot utilization is becoming widespread in manufacturing today, the planning of these assets is not yet as optimal as it should be. By leveraging the virtual twin for simulation and other powerful capabilities on an integrated cloud platform, manufacturers can improve robotic efficiency and transform their businesses.

The Rising Value of Robotics in Manufacturing

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Three Cornerstones of Manufacturing Automation

Industrial automation and robotics must be optimized today to enable tomorrow's smart factories. Optimal manufacturing automation can be achieved with an enhanced robotics strategy. To get started, manufacturers need to be guided by the following cornerstones: 

1. Adopt new industrial technologies

Manufacturers can accelerate robotic innovations and their successful deployments by implementing:

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Industrial internet of things (IIoT) not only connects equipment, devices and products but also operations and processes. 5G, meanwhile, provides real-time connectivity with ultra-reliable low-latency and high throughput.

While IIoT enables the continuous link between machines, 5G provides fast and reliable connectivity. Together, the two technologies ensure that data transmission from sensors on robots can easily reach the rest of the factory.

2. Explore new applications

Robots are widely used for manufacturing automation today. Still, there's potential deployment and growth in new operational areas:

Product assembly dexterity

The multi-axis arm movement technology enables robots to replicate human dexterity and handle product assembly – but better and faster.

Production flexibility

Robots utilized for modular production cells can be added or redeployed to scale production up or down in response to dynamic demand changes.

Mass customization

Utilizing robots helps retain the human touch in bespoke orders yet produce them at larger scales and reduce more sustainable costs. 

Robots as a Service

The RaaS business model allows manufacturers the agility and flexibility to meet changing market conditions and client needs rapidly.

3. Embrace new adopters and industries

Robotics adoption enables manufacturers to reshape the global supply chain at continously reduced cost in two ways:

Easier adopton by SMEs

Today, small- and medium-sized manufacturers can move away from outsourcing and use robots to increase productivity, especially in countries with tax policies that incentivize robotics adoption.

Emergence of new sectors

Robotics is now emerging in sectors such as food manufacturing. The combination of lower product and labor costs increases the appeal of robotics, particularly during events of unsustainable economic pressures

Automate Better With Enhanced Human-Robot Collaboration

To gain sufficient support for emerging robotic applications and areas of opportunity, manufacturers should turn to the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

With the cloud-based platform's advanced capabilities, manufacturers can robotize their factory floor efficiently. It gives manufacturers the flexibility to define robotic work cells, simulate the manufacturing environment and optimize the collaboration between robots and human experts.

The platform empowers manufacturers to strengthen the human-robot synergy, ultimately maximizing the potential of collaborative robots for high-precision operations and market leadership.

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