By Ashutosh Verma
Robots are increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry for different operations. Robots can transform the manufacturing industry in many ways.
The advent of robotics has brought a lot of advancements and convenience for almost every industry. One such sector is manufacturing, in which improvement can be observed significantly when robotics are included in the manufacturing processes and factory operations. The introduction of robotics in the manufacturing sector will enhance efficiency and help in revenue increment.
In the annual report shared by the International Federation of Robotics in September 2020, there is a record of around 2.7 million industrial robots in 2019. The number increased by 12% from 2018.
Through automation, robotics supports the manufacturing sector in managing many processes. Over time, as technological advancements increase, robots are expected to do a lot more.
Since robots never get tired and neither do they need any break, they can take up tedious, time-consuming, and even dangerous tasks. Robots help in increasing productivity and reducing labour costs.
Robots significantly contribute to increasing productivity and minimizing labour costs. This has enabled firms to invest in the creation and innovation, which has created jobs required in product design and engineering areas.
Here’s how robotics is helping in the transformation of the Indian manufacturing industry.
Handling of raw material
Some manufacturing industries deal in hazardous chemicals and substances, putting the workers at risk of losing their lives and being prone to severe diseases. This is where the role of robots comes from.
Robots can replace humans in tasks that demand a lot of physical effort or hazardous functions. Robots can easily handle radioactive materials, dangerous chemicals, and many things without exposing humans to danger.
Robotic technology helps in improving the efficiency of a product manufacturing process. Being very fast and prompt, robots can do many things in less time with high speed, thus saving time and making operations cost-effective.
Manufacturing techniques, therefore, get huge benefits from robotics. The use of robotics is expected to boost the economy of the entire manufacturing field.
Enables 24/7 manufacturing
The introduction of robotic technology in the manufacturing industry has enabled carrying on the manufacturing activities 24/7. With the increase in population, the demand for products has also gone up. It has become necessary to fasten the manufacturing process. The introduction of robotics in the manufacturing industry helps factories improve their manufacturing capacity and production time.
Humans can no longer conduct highly burdensome tasks, as when the work is too much, the quality of work gets compromised. Robots can work efficiently without a break and without getting tired. When humans are overburdened with work, they get into critical situations that cause the owners financial loss. At the same time, this is not the case with robots.
Promote environment-friendly production techniques
Robots help in carrying on the environment-friendly techniques of production. Since humans are no longer conducting the manufacturing processes, there’s no need to spend the electricity on fans, ACs, lights, etc. With this energy reduction, an eco-friendly workspace is created. Apart from this, the efficiency and accuracy of robots help reduce waste generation and support an organization to become more environmentally friendly.
Although robotics has captured many people’s jobs, it has also helped generate employment in the manufacturing industry. By automating tasks, robotics has allowed people to take up the functions of their interests or focus on more critical tasks. The operation of technical machinery also requires someone, ultimately giving rise to the need for someone who can help operate the machinery, ultimately generating employment opportunities. Another advantage is that workers do not have to be trapped in less skilled and low-wage labour jobs. The advent of robotics can help people shift to more constructive and good job positions.
Collaboration or cooperation is of utmost importance in the manufacturing sector. A manufacturing firm frequently collaborates with retail companies, construction companies, logistics, etc. The robotic technology significantly helps in upgrading and revolutionizing the methods of collaboration used with the public and other systems.
Robotics with tracking sensors, for instance, can detect motion easily and therefore co-operate with people.
Prototyping in the manufacturing sector is another crucial function. Introducing robotics into prototyping will help in achieving the goals with utmost efficiency. The use of robotics has made the manufacturing and app development of many products and machines much more accessible, secure, more uniform, and more reliable to boot. This has also helped increase the repetitive capacity of production processes, which is essential for such projects.
Paves way for a fully automated future
The use of automated technology is increasing at a breakneck pace. These robots can be assigned multiple tasks, all of which can be performed very efficiently without leaving any scope of the complaint. With the exponential growth robotics are witnessing, especially in manufacturing, it is not long until all the manufacturing sector processes will be based on automation. Even the smallest manufacturing company is now automating all its operations.
This new technological concept is expected to be more convenient, intelligent, and collaborative in the future. Robots in the future will communicate with humans and help transform the ideas of the skills and job roles that humans can adapt.
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(Ashutosh Verma is the Founder of Exalta India.)
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