As the line between the abilities of industrial robots and collaborative robots continues to blur, it is expected that collaborative robots will take up a larger market share than industrial robots. This is because of the ability of collaborative robots to work alongside humans.
While it is possible for industrial robots to work in the same environment as humans, there needs to be a security barrier for these robots to work alongside humans. On the other hand, collaborative robots can work alongside humans without the needs for security barriers. These cobots (collaborative robots) can perform tasks that require industrial strength too.
With time, collaborative robots have become tougher and smarter than industrial robots. They have also become very easy to implement and train to work alongside humans in any industry.
Collaborative robots and the welding market
Recently, universal-robots.com announced the release of a new type of the collaborative MIG welding system which is available in the USA, the SnapWeld collaborative robot. This is a welding collaborative robot system that can be used in the existing welding stations. With these robots, welding companies eliminate the need for huge and expensive robotic work cells.
Perform more industrial task using small cobots
At least 90% of all industrial task performed physically in manufacturing plants can be automated and delegated to collaborative robots. They are especially ideal for industries that are experiencing budgetary limitation or space limitations.
Collaborative robots come fixed with a wide range of sensors and state of the art robot technology that make them easy to program and use. As they become smarter, they are expected to become more self-reliant and reactive. This way, they can be of help to manufactures in meeting production goals and boosting the bottom line of the company.
The Market growth of collaborative robots
According to recent IFR (international federation of robots), the global spending on robotics is expected to reach 13 billion dollars by 2025. Currently, collaborative robots make up at least 10% of all robot sales. These numbers are expected to get to 34% by the 2025 projections.
The reason the sales and use of collaborative robots are expected to go up is that of the continuous technological advancements being made in collaborative robots. This has made it possible for these robots to be used in different industries such as packaging, quality testing, handling of material, assembly of parts, tending of machines and welding. In all these applications, the material handling industry is expected to record the fastest growth in the implementation and use of collaborative robots.
In the next 7 years, the manufacture and sales of collaborative robots are expected to increase dramatically. This goes to show how much potential these cobots have in different settings. Home collaborative robots are also expected to become a common thing in the near future.
Factors driving the growth of collaborative robots
The low price tag
One of the reasons collaborative robots are being adopted in industries is because of their affordability. Most collaborative robots are available for less than $45000 which makes them more affordable than the conventional industrial robots.
Edge computing and advanced abilities
Collaborative robots are not only easier and quicker to program, but they are also easier to update in terms of technological advancements. Whenever a new updated technology is available, the collaborative robot can be updated without having to purchase a new robot. With collaborative robots, one does not have to be a programming expert to be able to program it. With a few settings, it is possible to have a collaborative robot performing different tasks simultaneously and flawlessly.
All these cab abilities are making collaborative robots more desirable in settings that were previously reserved for industrial robots. In the long term, the consequences of these changes will be huge as manufacturers look to automate the entire production chain with these smart robots. In the future, the use of collaborative robots will not only be common in large industries but also in small factories.