Why cooperative robots are so "willful"?

According to the latest research report of the market research and current development status of collaborative robots by the American market research company ABI Research, the cooperative robots division is expected to grow 10 times from 2015 to 2020, and will increase from nearly 95 million US dollars in 2015 to 2020. More than one billion US dollars. Moreover, not only ABI, according to Barclays Bank’s production information analysts estimate that by 2025, the global collaborative robot market will increase from last year’s US$116 million to US$11.5 billion, which will be roughly equivalent to the current industrial robots. Market size.

The characteristics of collaborative robots
Judging from the above data, this is definitely the rhythm of the "cooperation robot" to be "fire". In the end, where is this collaborative robot sacred?

Cooperative robots, as the name implies, are robots that can interact with humans safely in a certain area. In general, the operation of the cooperative robot is relatively simple, and it is a branch of the industrial robot, and the price is also more than that of the traditional industrial robot.

Unlike traditional industrial robots, collaborative robots are not in the same class. In order to achieve "collaboration", the working distance between the robot and the human can not be too far away. Therefore, the cooperative robots are all small in size and can even be placed directly on the normal workbench.

In addition, since it exists as a cooperative human being, flexibility is certainly indispensable. Taking KUKA’s collaborative robot LBRiiwa as an example, it has a total of 7 joint torque sensors, which makes its “one-arm” 360-degree flexible rotation, especially suitable for industries with high flexibility, flexibility and precision. Moreover, the design has also won the "Best Award" for the 2014 Red Dot Design Award ("Oscar" in the design world).

The main function of cooperative robot

We also mentioned above that collaborative robots belong to a branch of industrial robots. Not only that, but its application scope is also industrial-oriented, such as the installation of the items on the assembly line, distribution and other work.

Speaking of the specific application scope, according to the research report of IHS company, more than 85% of the applications of industrial robots are in the automotive-related industries.

For example, Ford and KUKA teamed up to create a collaborative robot. This collaborative robot, which Ford and Kuka spent two years secretly building, unveiled at the Fiesta plant in Cologne, Germany, last month. In the work, this collaborative robot can help workers install car shock absorbers and ensure the accuracy and rapidity of shock absorber placement, thereby reducing the burden on workers. However, the cooperative robot has almost 100% similarity with LBRiiwa in appearance and should be a "customized version" of the LBRiiwa.

However, as the automobile industry matures, 3C industry, as an industry with greater development potential and relatively greater future demand, has naturally become the next target of collaborative robots.

The reason for the explosion of collaborative robot market

Although the cooperating robot was a "debut" product in 2014, according to ABI's forecast, by 2020, its shipment volume will be 22.5 times that of 2016. In just 6 years, why is it so fast? In fact, there are three main reasons for this:

SME automation needs

Taking China as an example, China’s enterprise territory has more than 50 million enterprises in total, of which SMEs account for 99%, and low-cost automation has always been the mode of production that small and medium-sized enterprises are pursuing.

Then look at the cost of industrial robots. The price of traditional industrial robots is generally between RMB 100,000 and RMB 400,000. The service life is 5 to 8 years. To apply it to their own production lines, it will require 2 to 3 times more deployment expenses. This expenditure is a meager profit. For SMEs, they cannot afford it. The price of cooperative robots is generally between 20,000 and 30,000 US dollars. However, because the deployment process is omitted, the “big head” expenditure is less than that of traditional industrial robots. As a result, based on the comparison of costs, cooperative robots are obviously more suitable for SMEs, and their demand will rise accordingly.

Market development needs

From the data we can see that sales of 3C products have been steadily increasing in recent years. The flexibility, flexibility, and precision of the cooperative robot are exactly in line with the requirements of the 3C product accessories installation. Therefore, sales of collaborative robots will not be low.

The last is the need for technology

For the sake of efficiency, people have introduced industrial robots into the production line. However, because of the lack of security, industrial robots can only be limited to a “prison”. The work is really too difficult for traditional industrial robots.

In this regard, collaborative robots fill this vacancy. For some meticulous work, its accuracy and flexibility can largely meet the needs of the work, and its slow speed also provides some security for humans. Like the assembly of 3C products, one side is the accurate parts placement of the cooperative robots, while the rapid assembly of humans is one side, and the two complement each other, which greatly improves the efficiency of the production line.

to sum up

Regardless of whether it is from the market or the technical level, collaborative robots have irreplaceable advantages and market prospects, and are already a major trend in the future market. In addition to this, compared to the previous argument that “robots replaced humans” that circulate on the Internet, judging from current trends, “human-machine collaboration” is a beautiful future!

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