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Automatica 2022 Learnings: The place Robotics is Put up-Covid 

Now that “the mud has settled” on the Automatica 2022 commerce honest, it is time to take a look again at what we discovered on the occasion.

We had numerous enjoyable at Automatica just a few weeks in the past. It was nice to meet up with so a lot of our companions, clients, and business pals. At this yr’s occasion, we bought a glimpse of the place the robotics business is now, post-Covid.

The pandemic is not totally over but, however we may see that the business has began accelerating once more. A couple of model new traits are taking maintain, and plenty of extra already-established traits are persevering with to develop.

As increasingly more companies are on the lookout for much more methods to automate their processes, let’s examine what traits we observed at Automatica 2022…

That is all for one more yr of Automatica!

Once we arrived on the Messe Munchen exhibition middle, it had been 4 years for the reason that earlier Automatica commerce honest.

It is a very long time on the earth of robotics. Whereas robotic applied sciences do not advance as quickly as you would possibly suppose, 4 years is a very long time to not have a view of the business.

This yr, we coated the occasion dwell on our weblog day by day. You could find all our dwell protection right here.

There are all the time many attention-grabbing and thrilling developments at Automatica. This yr, we had been eager to learn how the business has modified in the course of the international Covid pandemic.

Our basic impressions from the commerce honest

Our basic impressions had been that there was a substantial amount of pleasure on the occasion. Everybody was glad to see one another once more after so lengthy.

It was additionally clear that nearly everybody has been struggling over the previous 3 years, in numerous methods. There was numerous new curiosity in robotics from firms which have by no means automated earlier than. And there was an elevated curiosity from those that have expertise with automation. Individuals had been on the lookout for extra methods to get probably the most from their processes.

Earlier than the occasion, we made some predictions about what traits we would see on the occasion.

Our predictions had been:

  1. Provide chain fragility will lead the dialogue — We predicted that the latest shake-ups of the worldwide provide chain can be high of thoughts for many individuals. This did appear to be true. In addition to the worldwide pandemic, which nonetheless continues in lots of international locations, many individuals had been speaking in regards to the influence of the present battle in Ukraine.

  2. The e-commerce revolution will spark innovation — We predicted that the elevated demand for e-commerce firms can be a driving power for innovation in robotics. This was maybe true. It is laborious to say for positive. There have been actually numerous logistics and packaging functions round, which may present this development.

  3. Labor shortages can be high of thoughts — Labor shortages are affecting many international locations proper now, particularly in manufacturing. This prediction actually was appropriate — individuals are enthusiastic about their labor shortages rather a lot.

  4. Building and meals can be new software areas — We predicted we’d see extra building and meals business robotic software areas. This wasn’t very apparent at Automatica 2022. Whereas there have been some food-focused functions, there weren’t a lot of them.

  5. Utility kits and robotics providers will lead — We additionally predicted that attendees can be extra all in favour of full robotic functions, not simply elements. This was actually true and additional highlights the significance of options like our vary of Robotiq software kits

What different traits did we discover?

What’s hottest this yr? Palletizing and logistics

One development that was exceptionally clear was that palletizing, packaging, and different logistics functions are very in demand proper now.

We noticed many various logistics-focused options at Automatica 2022. In our Robotiq sales space, attendees confirmed numerous curiosity in our palletizing resolution.

Logistics has been a core focus in most industries just lately, particularly following the provision chain disruptions following a number of international occasions. These disruptions have highlighted the significance of automation in logistics functions. Many firms are seeing logistics as their key first space for automating with robots.

Robot performing a palletizing task at Automatica 2022.

Cobots are actually shifting to “non-classic” duties

We additionally noticed cobots firmly shifting into areas that aren’t “basic” cobot duties.

For instance, welding is historically a process that has been completed by industrial robots. Welding itself is a harmful process, so it’s not inherently secure, which is a core attraction of cobots.

This yr, we noticed a number of firms providing cobots for welding functions. These capitalize on the simple programming of cobots, permitting welding operators to intuitively create applications for his or her welding robots.

Cell robots are simply a part of the furnishings

At this yr’s Automatica, there have been maybe extra cellular robots on the present ground than ever earlier than. And these robots weren’t confined to their cubicles — a lot of them had been milling round with the attendees, offering a cellular means for exhibitors to increase their attain.

We noticed drink-serving cellular robots, in addition to one robotic that got here to seek out you after which spoke to you.

It is clear that cellular robotic is now so strong, exhibitors can confidently let the robots roam free!

What we count on to see within the close to way forward for robotics

Now that Automatica 2022 is over for one more yr, what traits are we anticipating to see within the close to future?

Automatica is ready to happen once more subsequent yr. Specifically, we predict to see some bolder strikes on the subsequent occasion. Some cubicles felt a bit conservative this yr, maybe as a result of firms booked them amid the worldwide pandemic.

On the subsequent Automatica, we count on to see a constant improvement of robotic expertise. And we additionally count on to how the latest entrants to the market proceed to develop their choices.

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What traits are you most all in favour of following post-Automatica? Inform us within the feedback under or be a part of the dialogue on LinkedIn, Twitter, Fb, or the DoF skilled robotics neighborhood.



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