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Survey: Embrace of robotics gaining momentum

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Recent PwC report highlights the accelerating rise of robotics in manufacturing.

A recent survey of US manufacturers from professional services giant PwC indicates that the implementation of robotics, already widespread, continues to gain momentum.

The survey found that 79% of manufacturers are presently using such systems, and that 58% are planning to acquire more robotics systems in the next 2-3 years.

The emergence of so-called collaborative robots is opening the door to greater human-robot collaboration.

Manufacturers are implementing robotics for a wide array of important applications led by assembly (64%), consistent high speed work (59%) and materials handling/packaging (51%), followed by visual sensors linked to computers (49%).

While 49% of respondents indicated that robotics improve productivity, 69% noted that price and return on investment would have to be notably reduced before they can consider more installations.

Elsewhere, PwC noted that Robots are being deployed beyond traditional automated tasks in the auto industry---and are increasing ranks in sectors such as food and beverage and life sciences and doing work that requires dexterity and precision humans cannot achieve.

Further, the emergence of so-called collaborative robots is opening the door to greater human-robot collaboration, with robots leaving their cages and working literally hand-in-hand with their human colleagues.

For the full report, click here.

 

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