Robotics incorporates multiple engineering disciplines to design, build, program, and use robots to complete tasks – in our focus, manufacturing tasks. The purpose of industrial robots varies, and can include movement of products, materials, parts, and tools, as well as completing a wide variety of programmed tasks. Industrial automation involves using machines, robots, and control systems to automate tasks within a manufacturing process. Automation uses a variety
of technologies, including computer hardware, software, and machines, to perform tasks usually done by human workers. Robotics & Automation has the capacity to augment and replace current manufacturing processes in the future. Workers now are producing 47% more than 20 years ago. Through the development of automation, robotics, and advanced manufacturing, the sector has bounced back along with the overall economy. In three to five years, manufacturers
will plan for Robotics & Automation opportunities when designing factory layouts, engineering and designing products, and upskilling current employees to increase efficiencies, save money, and remain competitive.