Emerging Trends in the World of Collaborative Robots in 2018

In recent years, the global robotics industry has seen a massive boom. In fact, researchers reveal that the prospects for 2018 and beyond appear to be even more promising. A crucial asset to the success of this industry is the fact that its market is highly fragmented. Collaborative robotics also known as COBOTS is an example of a branch of the robotic industry that is gaining momentum quite fast.

This branch of robotics feature robots that are programmed to not only work alongside human being but also interact with them in a safe and conducive working environment. These robots are quickly becoming more sophisticated as well as useful in and out of a factory setting. In addition to industrial robots, many of the largest robotics companies in the world continue to introduce collaborative robots with the aim of grabbing a stake in this obvious market growth.

As of now, collaborative robots are being deployed in the following applications: machine tending, welding, packing, assembly, material handling, and quality testing and others. Among the mentioned, the installment of collaborative robots is expected to increase the most in material handling companies. Here are some of the emerging trends in the world of COBOTS in 2018.

Demand for more collaborative robots as well as talented and specialized workers

As the need for collaborative robotics continues to rise so is the need for specialized and talented individuals to work hand in hand with the COBOTS. According to research done by the International Data Corp’s (IDC), about 35% of robotics field jobs will be unoccupied by the year 2020 due to the increase in demand for talent. Similarly, median salaries for the talented and specialized workers will increase by about 60%.

Research also suggests that in 2018, collaborative robots will account for about 30% of all newly produced robots.  These robots will also work in tune with human workers. Before the year ends, COBOTS will be working more efficiently than the ones being used now

Collaborative robots will become a huge asset to the automotive industries

The automotive industry will be the largest employer of COBOTS, this is because they are widely used to assist in production and assembly line. They can easily delegate a number of productive tasks ranging from labor-intensive ones to monotonous and repetitive work. Inkwood Research did a market analysis report which indicated that the automotive industry was likely to give the global collaborative market approximately $217 million.

BMW, Mercedes Benz, Tesla Inc., Bajaj Autos, Continental Automotive, Ford and Volkswagen are amongst the automotive companies that are set to collaborate their workforce with these robots

Increase in software-based collaborative robots

In 2018, there will be an increase in the number of COBOTS that are software based. This is because, the global robotics industry is creating more and more robots that are programmed using a cloud-based software. In addition, this software can not only be distributed but also shared with a wide range of other collaborative robots.

The robots will have to depend on software engineers to create and upload to the cloud all the necessary information needed for them to function such as specific cognitive skills and capabilities. For this reason, software engineers interested in developing advanced robotics technology skills can now take a course in robotics software engineering.

Governments intervention in the growth of collaborative robotics through regulations

Since there is the fear of COBOTS displacing the human taskforce in a variety of industries, the government will most likely take action through the exploration of unions and rules. They will also incentivize companies using collaborative robots in maintaining human employees as they continue to incorporate robots into their taskforce.

By the end of 2018, these and so much more will storm the world of collaborative robotics. Additionally, COBOTS are not only advancing in capability but they are also more available and cheaper.