Bringing BOTS to Life!
Bringing a machine to life is not an easy task! Some robotic companies have explored different robotic automation solutions to tackle day to day challenges and have succeeded. There are the immense number of arenas where robotic automation holds virtually boundless potential. All the way from manufacturing, electronics, healthcare and many more fields, companies have introduced robotic automation and has proved to show limitless potential in reducing human tasks. Thus speed up the efficiency of work and in ensuring human-robot interaction.
2017 has witnessed solid advancements in the field of robotic automation. The number of successful industrial robots grew 10.2% to 30,875 units. According to the Robotics Industries Association, this is worth $1.8 billion!!
Some companies have spearheaded robotic technology and have become technology dinosaurs! They have proved their success and are continuing to deliver cutting-edge robots. The first company to produce a robot after it faced major teething challenges to set up its first industrial robot was unimation. It was founded by Devol and Joseph Engelberger in 1956. These robots were programmable transfer robots. They were used to transfer objects from one point to another. These robots employed hydraulic actuators for the function.
Industrial robotics took off with flying colours quite quickly in Europe.
Top Companies that successfully caught up with robotics!
Robotics are becoming more mainstream in a wide variety of fields and applications. Robots are the sizzling trend affecting millions nowadays! The major fields of robotics that have given rise to technology dinosaurs are as follows:
Agricultural Robotic Companies
Robots for agricultural applications increase the performance of processes. This also reduces resource consumption at the same time.
- Bosch’s BoniRob, a ground-based robot provides detailed monitoring of crops. It also performs other tasks like weeding and fertilizing.
- Robotiq’s RoboCrop is a weeding robot which uses computer vision to detect plants as it is pushed by a tractor.
- IDTechEx Agricultural Robots report found more than 300 thousand tractors were sold in 2016.
Search and Rescue(SAR) and Security Robotic Companies
In this area, robots are designed and deployed to support rescue and security personnel. The robots are deployed fr autonomous navigation and mission planning. Identifying potential victims(SAR) or intruders(Security) is the main focus.
- Knightscope, a Silicon Valley company deployed on the K5 surveillance robot. These bots help police forces to guard a designated area.
- ForAllSecure, a robotics company based in Pittsburgh, created the winning security bot, Mayhem which is DARPA’s most recent Cyber Grand Challenge of 2016. It was the first end-to-end system for fully automated systems.
- Precision Hawk is a commercial drone and data company. It has developed a host of UAVs including the Lancaster robot.
Manufacturing Robotic Companies
Millennials favour next-generation robotics in the manufacturing field. This is because robotics makes manufacturing more easy and efficient. Manufacturing in robotics extends to warehouse logistics, aerospace, construction and so on.
- Rethink Robotics, a Boston based company deployed Baxter.
- OSHbot of Lowe rools up to customers greets them and helps them to find merchandise in the store.
- Tally, built by Simbe Robotics was made to keep track of product inventory on the shelves.
- SoftBank’s Peerer robot is a humanoid robot that can chat and interact with customers and give them directions.
Electric Mobility Robotic Companies
In the field of electric Mobility, robots are designed and deployed for electric vehicles and battery charge technologies. These robots are intelligent, environmentally social and possess integrated urban mobility.
- ATHLETE is a wheels-on-limbs robot designed to walk over the rough or steep terrain.
- ACTUV is DARPA’s anti-submarine warfare robot by JPL to provide continuous over tracking of submarines.
Kiva systems are robots that have self-coordinating ability to run on an even low charge. These robots automatically return to their charging stations thereafter.
Healthcare Companies that opt Robotics
Heard of autonomous robots for robot-assisted surgeries? Robotics has transformed the healthcare industry than ever.
- Tugs are robots in the hospitals of the San Fransisco Bay Area. These robots deliver food and drugs to patients. They also pick up waste and laundry.
- Cyberdyne Inc developed a robot named HAL(Hybrid Assistive Limb), a robotic medical device for treating diseases.
- ROBEAR, a Japanese robot was designed to help care for the ageing population. These bots are able to carry impaired patients and support them in walking.
Logistics, Production, and Consumer(LPC) robotics companies
In this field, robots are developed to act autonomously to support humans. Robots solve the problem of labour availability. Forrester Research predicts a 10% year-on-year growth in the requirement for logistics labour. On this scenario, companies require robotic knights for Logistics.
- Fetch Robotics has deployed a robot named Pepper. This robotic arm drives around on a mobile base to pick items from a standard warehouse shelf and put them to the ordered cart.
- Amazon pioneered the use of mobile robots after acquiring Kiva. It operates 80,000 of the machines globally.
- Hitachi’s EMIEW3 is a humanoid robot built to ensure agility and safety in an office environment.
Space Robotics Companies
Extra-terrestrial exploration focusses on robotics for innovative planetary exploration. These robots play a vital role in exploring the hostile environment of the outer space.
- Beagle2 was designed to explore MARS.
- Change’s 3’s Yutu Rover was a robotic lunar rover deployed on the moon in 2013.
- Kirbo robot of Toyota was the first robot astronaut.
Justin robot deployed by the German Aerospace Center(DLR) had multiple senses that could be controlled from the earth.
Underwater Robotic Companies
An industrial robotic revolution is unfolding under the seas! Over 95% of the internet traffic is transmitted via undersea cables. Rapid signs of progress of robotics have arrived with low-cost sensors, big data, and genetics.
- SCUBA droids named ‘Ocean One’ can work in extreme depths.
- Undersea Cloud Computing – Nowadays Google plans its own undersea cables.
- MiniRo, KORDI(Korea Ocean Research and Development Industries) is an autonomous robot. It was designed for ocean floor exploration and deep sea mining.
Rehabilitation and Assistance Robotic Systems in Companies
To support human interaction with robots to perform complex and often repeated tasks, companies deployed robots for assistance. This involves medical rehabilitation. These robots are designed with techniques that determine the adaptability level of the patients.
- ADLER Therapy Robot helps patients with injured arms.
- Vecna offers QCBot for medication delivery and in-room services.
- Ekso Bionics developed a robot for paraplegics to walk.
HMI or Touchscreen testing robotic companies
HMI operator panels for robotic automation is the new technology in demand! Touchscreen HMIs ensure user-friendly and safe interaction between the operator and systems.
- AIS’s HMI Touch Panel Industrial Robots provide endurance and precision in sophisticated environments.
- SCARA robots of Sastra Robotics builds and delivers cost-effective Robotic solutions for human-like automated functional testing of real physical HMI devices.
Company Success in GOING ROBO!
With each slippage of time, robotics has proved to be a boon for mankind. Earlier robots were not considered easy to be programmed. The reason was the incompatibility between the hardware and the user interface. But present-day robotics make use of open source frameworks. This dominates the growth of robotic industries. And this is why successful robotic companies have increased substantially!
According to IFR (International Federation of Robotics) study ‘World Robotics 2017’, there were about 1,828,000 operational industrial robots by the end of 2016! China was selected as the largest industrial robot market, with 87,000 units sold in 2016. That is, about 20 percent of the industrial robots are made in China.
One of the leading robotic companies in China is the Foxconn Technology (an Apple and Samsung provider). This company was reported to have replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots! China has increased their robotics game plan to 1 million in 2 years. The IFR has predicted a worldwide increase in adopting industrial robots. This figure is an estimate of 1.7 million new robot installation by 2020!
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