Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Services, predicts that the use of robotics in warehouses will double as companies see the advantages in more productivity, fewer employee injuries, and greater efficiency.
As the economy slowly recovers, experts say that the industries most likely to see growth and a need for robots to automate tasks include food, beverage and pharmaceuticals. Other areas for growth include packaging and palletizing activities. The automotive and aerospace industries as well as some small to medium sized businesses are expected to have a slower rate of recovery.
Another aspect to continued robotic use is the availability of capital and the willingness of companies to invest in high end equipment during an economic downturn. More positive economic indicators are helping to convince companies to part with hard earned capital to gain operational efficiencies.
Read these recent articles and case studies on the future of industrial robots and find out where they are being successfully integrated into warehouse, manufacturing and distribution center activities:
Resources and Associations related to the Robotics Industry:
|Robotics Online – A Publication of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA)|
|IFR – International Federation of Robotics|
|42nd International Symposium on Robotics, Chicago, IL, March 2011|