10 Ways Robots Will Change Manufacturing in the Next 5 Years
Robots are poised to transform manufacturing over the next five years due to their ubiquitous sensing and connectivity, cyber-physical fusion, autonomous capabilities, and more human-friendly multi-mode interaction, according to IDC's Jing Bing Zhang.
Expected developments include a 33-percent increase in industrial robot adoption by 2019, with 60 percent of Global 2000 high-tech manufacturers having implemented such robots in manufacturing operations. In addition, by 2020, 45 percent of newly installed industrial robots will have at least one intelligent feature such as predictive analytics, health condition awareness, self-diagnosis, peer learning, or autonomous cognition. Furthermore, intelligent agents that supervise and coordinate robots will have raised the efficiency of industrial robotics by 30 percent by 2021. Also by 2021, 30 percent of Global 2000 manufacturers will have deployed cyber-physical robotic systems, improving productivity by 10 percent to 20 percent. A 300-percent surge in the global market for mobile security robots is expected by 2020 and, by 2019, 25 percent of mobile robot deployments will include the ability to add on modular components enabling multiple uses on the same platform, boosting productivity and efficiency gains by 30 percent.
Meanwhile, 30 percent of the top 100 retailers should be using or piloting robots in the ship-from-store fulfillment process by 2020. Moreover, facilities should be able to scale up and down quickly at times of demand volatility via mobile robot implementations by 2021.