4 robotics applications accelerated by covid-19

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has dominated 2020, affecting daily lives and every industry. COVID-19 has accelerated demand for robotics in supply chain and healthcare applications. Robotics suppliers switched from citing labor shortages to the need for social distancing as a rationale for adopting automation.

COVID-19 Disinfection and cleaning

UV-C light is effective at killing pathogens in the air or on surfaces, but it can be hazardous to humans and degrade certain plastics. Disinfection robots need to detect when humans are nearby and shut down for safety. Some companies, such as Perpetual Motion, are developing drones to disinfect large areas.

Supply chain automation

Growth expected over the next three to five years occurred over the past six months. Vendors of mobile robots, automated storage and retrieval systems, and last-mile delivery vehicles in the air and on the ground have been bullish. In an April survey, Interactions LLC found increasing consumer comfort with robots for healthcare, retail, and delivery.

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