In the News
We say this each year, but it’s true — the pace of news around the robotics industry is accelerating! 2016 was no different, with more deals, new and shifting players, and maturing technologies for robotics and artificial intelligence in multiple industries. See which robot stories were our most popular for the past year.
Thanks to cheaper sensors, new software, and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), mobile robots are rapidly expanding in supply chain operations. It’s just in the nick of time, as robots save money, speed e-commerce order fulfillment, and come from proliferating providers.
Germany and China typify central planning for encouraging the adoption of robotics, but that situation is changing worldwide, according to author Søren Tranberg Hansen. As manufacturing and logistics continue to apply automation more widely, this presents a challenge and new markets for investors, startups, and suppliers.
Denmark, which hosted this past spring’s RoboBusiness Europe in the city of Odense, is determined to be a major hub of robotics research, development, and commercialization in Europe. A strong university base, the success of Universal Robots’ cobots, and an array of local organizations provide a role model for other regions.
Regardless of your politics, the latest U.S. elections will have a direct effect on technology policy and the global economy. Every industry and robotics business will be watching the incoming administration’s priorities, and here are some hints on what to expect.
If you’re in the business of providing robots to multinational manufacturers, don’t assume that there’s anything close to a one-size-fits-all solution for robotics. Each country’s legal framework reflects its history and priorities, and integrators and employers should be aware of how worker-safety requirements apply to collaborative robots.