It’s 2015, and automation is an integral part of manufacturing and production around the world. Robotic systems are fully engrained in the daily ins-and-outs of the manufacturing industry, making production and packaging faster, more efficient and safer than ever before. As we embark on a new year, we share our predictions of the top trends from both the robotics automation industry and Macron Dynamics in 2015.
Robotic systems are becoming more advanced and intelligent, allowing one robot to be programmed to perform multiple tasks. With developments in software, engineers will be able to integrate more economical systems with vision systems to provide a variety of precise placement applications as needed.
Linear robots and Cartesian gantry systems will provide larger footprint coverage, longer reach and heavier payload capabilities, serving “flexible manufacturing” with re-purposing and programmability. Gantry systems and tracks with attached articulated arm robots will provide over 7 axes of motion.
In an industry that traditionally relied on communicating with a sales rep to learn about robotic solutions, engineers are increasingly turning to the web to educate themselves on different solution options, before even reaching out to a human for more information. According to a survey by Control Design, 80% of automation professionals prefer to have a technical paper or whitepaper to conduct research on a motion challenge. Nearly 70% of survey respondents followed online articles and ¼ of automation professionals reported using Youtube to research solutions for their automation challenge.
In 2015, Macron Dynamics will continue to provide new industry articles, automation application stories and videos for automation professionals to use as resources to help solve their motion challenges.
Robots are already working in the same workspaces as humans. In 2015, the industry can expect newer, safer and more practical industrial strength solutions to surface.
With online research becoming an essential part of solving automation challenges and investing in robotic systems, engineers will be looking to visualize these machines to see if they are a fit for their application. Availability of 2D and 3D CAD drawings will be on the rise, providing engineers and machine designers with insight on the best possible options for their application.
This year, Macron will be working to standardize our gantry robot systems to make configuring your linear robot as simple as 1,2,3. Tell us your travel, payload and speed requirements and we’ll hook you up with the best machine for your application needs, all with our simple online configurator.
This year, Macron will be introducing our signature T-Bots and H-bots complete with motor, controls and easy to program HMI for “pug-and-play” convenience.
It’s hard to find the perfect automation solution that fits your unique application, requirements and budget. We are dedicated to making that process as simple as possible, by providing you with all of the resources possible to help you find the right solution, whether we are your final system manufacturer or not. That’s why this year, you can expect: