In the past five years, robots have moved from a developing technology to an indispensable tool for many businesses. With their ability to predict market change or supply chain disruptions, automation programs are increasingly adopted across many industries, says a report from software company Meili Robots. This will continue to change the way business is conducted into the future. Take a look at some of the biggest robotics trends and predictions for 2022, the report says:
1. Process Automation
Robotic process automation will accelerate and may become one of the standard technologies of businesses, especially those with repetitive tasks, such as healthcare. Many hospitals automate processes such as inventory management, invoice management, and appointment scheduling.
One of the biggest barriers to robotics adoption has been the high initial investment. Small businesses can attain greater access to automation through Robots-as-a-Service models, which often include analytics, monitoring, and preventive maintenance, while offering rapid scalability and continuous adoption.
3. Autonomous Mobile Robots as Data Acquisition Platforms
The demand for autonomous mobile robots is rapidly growing, driven by e-commerce, labor shortages, and personalization of goods. They carry out a wide range of tasks autonomously, such as scanning inventory levels or measuring temperatures, and provide real-time data to streamline operations.
4. Multipurpose Cobots
Many retail managers reap the benefits of robot adoption when it comes to moving inventory and cleaning the floors. As shopping demands continue to grow, retailers are expected to add multi-purpose cobots, or collaborative robots, to their teams to carry out multiple tasks at once.
5. Addressing Interoperability
Interoperability allows robots to communicate with each other and other systems to enable an efficient and safe working environment. If not tackled, it can be a pain point that halts the productivity of the facility. It is expected that this critical issue will be addressed to promote further development and avoid stagnation in the robotics market.
6. More Delivery Robots
The market for delivery robots is expected to see tremendous growth in the next few years. Key factors include the reduction of delivery costs in last-mile deliveries as well as increased venture funding. In addition, there’s an increased demand for delivery robots in the retail and food industries.
7. Improved Abilities
During the past 10 years, the demand for robotics has increased steadily across industries and is expected to grow exponentially in the next 10 years as well. As more manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and distribution centers automate their processes, industrial robots will be able to operate faster, more efficiently, and more accurately.