Now that “the mud has settled” on the Automatica 2022 commerce honest, it is time to take a look again at what we discovered on the occasion.
We had a number of enjoyable at Automatica a couple of weeks in the past. It was nice to meet up with so a lot of our companions, prospects, and trade pals. At this yr’s occasion, we received a glimpse of the place the robotics trade is now, post-Covid.
The pandemic is not totally over but, however we may see that the trade has began accelerating once more. Just a few model new traits are taking maintain, and lots of extra already-established traits are persevering with to develop.
As increasingly companies are on the lookout for much more methods to automate their processes, let’s have a look at what traits we seen at Automatica 2022…
That is all for one more yr of Automatica!
Once we arrived on the Messe Munchen exhibition middle, it had been 4 years for the reason that earlier Automatica commerce honest.
This can be a very long time on the planet of robotics. Whereas robotic applied sciences do not advance as quickly as you would possibly assume, 4 years is a very long time to not have a view of the trade.
This yr, we coated the occasion stay on our weblog day by day. You’ll find all our stay protection right here.
There are all the time many attention-grabbing and thrilling developments at Automatica. This yr, we had been eager to learn the way the trade has modified through the world Covid pandemic.
Our normal impressions from the commerce honest
Our normal impressions had been that there was quite a lot of pleasure on the occasion. Everybody was completely happy to see one another once more after so lengthy.
It was additionally clear that just about everybody has been struggling over the previous 3 years, in numerous methods. There was a number of new curiosity in robotics from firms which have by no means automated earlier than. And there was an elevated curiosity from those that have expertise with automation. Folks had been on the lookout for extra methods to get probably the most from their processes.
Earlier than the occasion, we made some predictions about what traits we’d see on the occasion.
Our predictions had been:
Provide chain fragility will lead the dialogue — We predicted that the latest shake-ups of the worldwide provide chain could be high of thoughts for many individuals. This did appear to be true. In addition to the worldwide pandemic, which nonetheless continues in lots of international locations, many individuals had been speaking concerning the affect of the present battle in Ukraine.
The e-commerce revolution will spark innovation — We predicted that the elevated demand for e-commerce firms could be a driving drive for innovation in robotics. This was maybe true. It is onerous to say for positive. There have been definitely a number of logistics and packaging functions round, which may present this development.
Labor shortages will probably be high of thoughts — Labor shortages are affecting many international locations proper now, particularly in manufacturing. This prediction definitely was right — individuals are eager about their labor shortages so much.
Building and meals will probably be new utility areas — We predicted we might see extra building and meals trade robotic utility areas. This wasn’t very apparent at Automatica 2022. Whereas there have been some food-focused functions, there weren’t a lot of them.
Utility kits and robotics providers will lead — We additionally predicted that attendees could be extra inquisitive about full robotic functions, not simply elements. This was definitely true and additional highlights the significance of options like our vary of Robotiq utility kits
What different traits did we discover?
What’s hottest this yr? Palletizing and logistics
One development that was exceptionally clear was that palletizing, packaging, and different logistics functions are very in demand proper now.
We noticed many various logistics-focused options at Automatica 2022. In our Robotiq sales space, attendees confirmed a number of curiosity in our palletizing answer.
Logistics has been a core focus in most industries not too long ago, particularly following the provision chain disruptions following a number of world occasions. These disruptions have highlighted the significance of automation in logistics functions. Many firms are seeing logistics as their key first space for automating with robots.
Cobots are actually transferring to “non-classic” duties
We additionally noticed cobots firmly transferring into areas that aren’t “basic” cobot duties.
For instance, welding is historically a job that has been executed by industrial robots. Welding itself is a harmful job, so it isn’t inherently protected, which is a core attraction of cobots.
This yr, we noticed a number of firms providing cobots for welding functions. These capitalize on the simple programming of cobots, permitting welding operators to intuitively create applications for his or her welding robots.
Cell robots are simply a part of the furnishings
At this yr’s Automatica, there have been maybe extra cellular robots on the present ground than ever earlier than. And these robots weren’t confined to their cubicles — a lot of them had been milling round with the attendees, offering a cellular means for exhibitors to increase their attain.
We noticed drink-serving cellular robots, in addition to one robotic that got here to seek out you after which spoke to you.
It is clear that cellular robotic is now so sturdy, exhibitors can confidently let the robots roam free!
What we anticipate to see within the close to way forward for robotics
Now that Automatica 2022 is over for one more yr, what traits are we anticipating to see within the close to future?
Automatica is about to happen once more subsequent yr. Particularly, we predict to see some bolder strikes on the subsequent occasion. Some cubicles felt a bit conservative this yr, maybe as a result of firms booked them amid the worldwide pandemic.
On the subsequent Automatica, we anticipate to see a constant improvement of robotic know-how. And we additionally anticipate to how the most recent entrants to the market proceed to develop their choices.