5 industries that will need cobots to stay competitive in the 2020s
Cobots, or collaborative robots, have been around for a while now and many businesses use them to <a href=”https://bots.co.uk/five-ways-cobots-can-increase-productivity/”>boost productivity</a> and increase profits. However, there are still many people who have been resistant to using cobots within industry. As we move into the 2020s, automation will become increasingly widespread and those who do not adapt to this new landscape will perish.
There are many <a href=”https://bots.co.uk/3-reasons-to-automate-tasks-using-a-robot-in-the-manufacturing-sector/”>reasons to automate tasks</a> – it’s now the only way to remain competitive. Here are the five major industries that will start using or increase their use of cobots in 2020.
The automotive industry was one of the first to use robots in factories and start automating tasks. Despite this early adaption of new technology, the take up of cobots has been considerably slower than that of traditional robots. As we move into the 2020s, this will change. Cobots can be of great use for more delicate tasks such as sanding a car’s paintwork. A cobot can feel when greater force needs to be applied to a particular area.
Similar to the automotive industry, packaging already has widespread use of robots but delicate items require a deft touch that can only be delivered by cobots. This will be important, as there is a continuing rise in demand for bespoke products.
3. Food processing
In this industry, cobots are the key to its future growth. While a cobot costs a similar amount as employing someone, a cobot can work 24 hours a day without breaks. It also frees up the traditional workforce from monotonous tasks, allowing them to be more creative and innovative.
Such a harsh environment hardly seems like a suitable industry in which to use cobots. While the core, heavy duty tasks of this industry will continue to be done by traditional robots and humans, cobots have a role to play too. Machine tending and surface finishing are perfect tasks for cobots.
Agriculture may see the highest take-up of cobots in the first half of the 2020s. Many of the jobs required in this industry are boring and repetitive, leaving employers struggling to find enough workers. Cobots could be the future of fruit picking and similar essential roles.
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