5 min read
14 Jun 23
Automation and Robotics Trends in 2023: Embracing AI, Optimizing Efficiency, and Ensuring Security
This year, 2023, has witnessed a significant surge in the adoption of automation and robotics across various industries. With an increasing number of manufacturing companies adopting these technologies, what are some automation and robotics trends that are emerging?
Rise of Robotics and Automation
The use of robots and automation in various industries continues to grow. Especially in the field of manufacturing, organizations are increasingly harnessing the power of these technologies to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and meet the evolving demands of the market. In fact, 62% of manufacturers plan to implement robotics and automation in 2023 to increase their operational efficiencies, according to a report by Deloitte.
Integrating AI into robotics
One of the key trends in automation and robotics is the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) into robotic systems. AI and ML have enabled robots to learn, adapt, and make intelligent decisions in a manufacturing environment that can be unpredictable, enhancing their overall capabilities. By incorporating machine learning algorithms, robots can analyze vast amounts of data to optimize their operations. For instance, with the variability in manufacturing, AI-powered robots can identify these frequent changes and offer a solution, leading to an optimized production process and greater efficiency.
Financial uncertainty driving automation
The global economy continues to be weighed down by high inflation, the rising cost of living with the ongoing effects of the Ukraine war, and the effects of the global pandemic. This financial uncertainty has been a large driving force behind the increased focus on optimization and efficiency. Organizations are facing mounting pressure to cut costs, maximize productivity, and deliver products and services more efficiently.
Automation offers a solution by eliminating repetitive and mundane tasks, enabling employees to focus on more complex and value-added activities. Modern robotics today is also focused on being more energy and time-efficient, increasing production rates while lowering operating costs. By leveraging automation, organizations can navigate through uncertain economic conditions and remain competitive in the market.
Automation and robotics complementing human labor
In an era where skilled labor shortages are becoming more prevalent, robots are filling the gaps in the labor market. However, there is still a need for skilled labor, as only some tasks are suitable for or can be done more efficiently by automation. Rather than completely replacing human labor, as many have feared, automation and robots are increasingly seen as tools that can complement and enhance human skills. Automation can be used for repetitive and analytic tasks, reducing human error and increasing consistency. Moreover, robots can perform tasks that are dangerous or physically challenging for humans, ensuring workplace safety and reducing the risk of accidents.
Making robots easier to use
In order to make robots more accessible and user-friendly to people without coding or software engineering backgrounds, there is a growing emphasis on simplifying their operation and control. User-intuitive experiences, simplified setup procedures, as well as collaborations with low-code or no-code technology are being developed to make it easier for people to operate robots. This trend democratizes robotics, allowing organizations of all sizes to leverage automation without the need for extensive technical expertise. This is also beneficial for manufacturers who are the end-users of these robots, as they are able to more easily program and operate a robot, lowering implementation costs.
Increased concern for cybersecurity
With the increasing reliance on automation and robotics, cybersecurity concerns have also come to the forefront. As operations become increasingly digitized and robots become more integrated into existing IT infrastructures, they also become potential targets for cyber-attacks. This is especially of concern if cloud services are used for data storage and analytics. Therefore, organizations are investing in robust cybersecurity measures to protect their IT systems. This includes implementing secure communication protocols, regular vulnerability assessments, and training employees on best practices for cybersecurity.
Moicon’s Digital Twin
These trends not only highlight the transformative potential of automation and robotics but also the need for manufacturers to adapt and embrace these technologies in order to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving landscape. By leveraging automation and robotics effectively, manufacturing organizations can enhance their operations, improve productivity, and meet the challenges of the future head-on.
This is where Moicon’s Digital Twins solution comes into the picture. By utilizing real-time data and advanced analytics, Digital Twins can simulate process improvements, optimizing factory planning and operations. To learn more, get in touch for a free live demo today!
5 min read
28 Feb 23
New in Moicon: Decals, New Kiosk Mode, Improved Markup Placement and more!