Automated assembly is defined as an organised way for the assembly of goods and a way of production of goods by using automated machinery or assembly robots that are at least partially independent from human control. The automated machinery finds its use for production of standardised parts that are produced with a particular series of operations or motions along the assembly line. Automated assembly has become an essential part of many industries including medical research and clinical companies, technology firms and factories. The use of automated assembly has improved efficiency in assembly and reduced the incidences of human injuries and failure rates in several industries. Many large-scale manufacturing companies use heavy robotic equipment for the elaborate automate assembly processes such as automobile production. This has helped in reducing the cost of production of automobiles making them affordable for the consumers.
According to the market research report “Global Assembly Automation Market by Manufacturers, Countries, Type and Application, Forecast to 2022“, many of the consumer products are now produced using automated assembly for creating parts and then assembling the products. These machines become very important in industries such as medical research facilities and food processing plants where human contact can be dangerous or can cause contamination of products. To keep a check on the smooth working of the assembly line by automated assembly machines, technicians are hired who ensure working and maintenance of the machines for long durationsto maximise the output and assure maintenance of quality. Only calibrations and adjustments are needed in the machines and do not need any other human interaction. Robotics assembly is widely used in industries such as aerospace, electronics and automobiles as they require work done with precision and speed along with the ability to fit into tight spaces.
FANUC, ABB, Yaskawa, Kuka, Hanwha, Hirata, ThyssenKrupp, ATS Automation, Velomat and Bastian Solutions are the leading companies who hold the majority of market share in the global assembly automation market. The leader in assembly automation market is FANUC Robotics, which offers a variety of single arm assembly robot models including the M-1iA, also known as the spider robot. This is widely used in medical or electronics industry due to its compact size. KUKA Robotics follows FANUC and manufactures high accuracy series that are mainly used in the automobile industry. YaskawaMotoman Robotics produces both single and dual arm assembly robots and have been able to capture a big market share in the industry. The emerging economies like India and China are showing rapid industrialisation which will help in increasing the demand for assembly automation market. Many countries like Germany are now adopting advanced automated manufacturing, which has been instrumental for the growth of the automated assembly market. These countries are moving towards industrial robotization, which will lead to increase in revenue for the industry in the coming years.
The industry is very focused on research and development of products to produce advanced robotic technologies. Many efforts are being made recently to incorporate cloud technology into robotics to allow automatic real time transfer of data into cloud platforms. Many companies are now adopting the idea of smart factories and robotic factories and some of them are even opting for complete robotization. There has been increasing use of Wi-Fi and smart devices operated machines because they are very convenient and flexible. Some of the heavy payloads machinery had to be operated within fences but now the use of collaborative robots is replacing them. This ensures better safety for workers in the factories.
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