Emerging Technology Provides a Backdrop of Innovations at 2013 Hanover Fair
Keywords: Mobile Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, Navigation, Robotics, Drives.
As ARC Advisory Group witnessed at this year's annual Hanover Fair in Germany, the elements of "Industry 4.0," (the fourth industrial revolution) were most notably manifested in the robotics hall. These elements included embedded intelligence, autonomy, networking, and distributed intelligence. Industry 4.0's roadmap is well under way as numerous examples of embedded intelligence pervaded markets that typically, undergo relatively little change, such as forklift trucks. Society's greater acceptance of self-navigating machines in chaotic environments along with a steadily declining cost of technology and sensors will create the perfect storm.
ARC believes that Industry 4.0 will exceed the expectations of industry veterans as a new wave of IT technology will be embedded in the machinery, creating a more robust, self-regulating manufacturing environment.
Catalysts for Mobile Robotics
An increased number of exhibitors at the Hanover Fair filled the robotics hall with mobile technology. Unleashed, unguarded, and free-roaming robots crisscrossed the exhibition. Well-established robotics suppliers, such as Adept, demonstrated a second generation of mobile technology. Adept's Lynx robots, for example, have already proven their commercial viability in healthcare facilities and semiconductor fabs. Kuka's mobile platform, omniMove, has been integrated with an autonomous navigation system called "moiros."
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