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Almost two million new units of industrial robots could be installed in factories around the world over the next decade. The forecast comes from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) as part of their advice to companies for the need to keep on top of world technology trends.

Dr Susanne Bieller, General Secretary of the IFR, said: “Smart robotics and automation are vital to deal with new consumer trends, demand for product variety or challenges from trade barriers. New technological solutions pave the way for more flexibility in production.”

Future technologies company Ericsson comments: “Industries are under constant pressure – to improve product quality, boost factory efficiency, stay competitive, enhance safety, security and sustainability, and remain profitable.

“To stay competitive, factories and warehouses must leverage the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and digitalization to become much more agile and efficient."

Ericsson commissioned research by the ABI, which highlighted the importance of smart manufacturing and warehousing operations with cellular connectivity: “While industries have automated many processes, secure wireless connectivity empowers factory automation, making industrial automation possible on a much larger scale. By creating a digital foundation, industrial automation will increase productivity and performance.”

The IFR says connectivity using cloud technology, for example, could lead to a trickle-down effect like robot leasing for smaller businesses, with fixed costs, automatic upgrades and no need for committed capital or highly qualified robot operators.

Susie Haywood
Article by Susie Haywood
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