Robots in the electrical and electronics industry are technically programmed machines that can carry out a series of operations automatically. All the robots are operated with an embedded controller or with an external controlling device. Automation within the multiple manufacturing sectors has witnessed the need for human resources coupled with robotic technology for quality innovative products. Collaborative robots are deployed to perform dangerous and repetitive tasks with consistent accuracy and precision. Collaborative robots are known as cobots (collaborative robots) that aid in reducing raw material wastage, optimizing operational costs, and enhancing productivity. Cobots are perfect employees for a wide range of jobs around the globe that humans cannot afford to perform. They are designed to move materials, equipment parts, tools, performs a variety of programmed tasks within the automotive manufacturing facility. Industrial robots possess articulated arms specifically developed for multiple applications.
According to the study “Global Collaborative Robots Market in Electrical & Electronics Industry 2016-2022 by End-user, Application, and Region”, advanced robots are smaller, smarter, more affordable, user-friendly and flexible automatic solutions compare to aged traditional industrial robots. Collaborative robots possess advantages such as lower cost, weight, footprint, easy to program, integrate, empower employees and reduce their work stress. Deploying robots within the electrical and electronics industry is affordable for small and medium-sized enterprises because. Robots are fast, flexible and adapt new production procedures from all stages starting from design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance. Cobots are unique with their high-resolution force control, accurate can handle electronic assemblies, fragile components, and high-quality accessories.
Robots are equipped with articulated arms that are lightweight, space-saving, and easy to re-deploy to multiple applications without any change in production layout within the electronics and technology industries. Cobots are in the electrical and electronics industry is used for production, lighting, manufacturing mobile phones, computers, input devices, audio/visual, and many more. It was estimated that the risk of employee injury increases with the increase in precision; therefore, cobots deployed can perform complex tasks that require working in close proximity to sensitive machinery inside the electrical and electronics industry. A number of products are moved through the production line within the electrical and electronics industry without human interaction and contamination. Robots are ideal for electrical and electronics industry to assemble delicately printed circuit boards and testing of PCBs for quality control.
Geographically, the global market for robots in the electrical and electronics industries is spread across the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world (RoW). North America, China, Japan, Germany, South Korea, and Mexico countries are deploying more number of robots due to industrialization and demand for electrical and electronic products. However, North America occupies the first place in the adoption of industrial robots with increasing sales and tremendous revenue. Within the Asia-Pacific market, China and Southeast Asian countries are bolstering the growth in industrial cobots market and this trend will continue over the next few years. The leading players within the cobots in electrical and electronics industries are ABB, Rethink Robotics, Universal Robots, KUKA, Fanuc and Yaskawa Motoman.
Cobots are constantly improved with advanced robot technology, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It was observed that over the past few years there was a considerable increase in the adoption of robots in all the electrical and electronics manufacturing industries. Deployment of cobots has bolstered competition despite high labor costs and help in sustaining electrical and electronics manufacturing activities. Evolution in technology coupled with the need to refurbish the existing global electrical and electronics manufacturing facilities will enhance the market for robots over the next few years.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications