The state of industrial robotics: challenges & opportunities

MIT released a report called “The State of Industrial Robotics: Emerging Technologies, Challenges, and Key Research Directions” The report was produced as part of the MIT Work of the Future initiative. It detailed findings from interviews with robot manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers that use robotics technologies, and industrial research institutions.

Challenges holding back industrial robots

High cost of integration: While robot hardware has become cheaper, the cost of the robot is a small fraction of the overall price tag of introducing automation to a manufacturing line. Lack of standards: The absence of standardization in many aspects of robotics made it difficult for some companies to exploit the full potential of promising technologies. Collaborative robots are inherently safer, but uptake remains limited in some environments.

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