The Role of Collaborative Mobile Robotics in Making Factories Smart

Applied Tech Review | Monday, August 16, 2021

Industry 4.0, alternatively referred to as connected industry, is the industrial stage in which connectivity and collaborative robotics have been consolidated in industrial processes, enabling humans and robots to perform safely together and distribute information to optimize processes, resulting in improved decision-making.

FREMONT, CA: The use of mobile robots and manipulators enables the flexible and autonomous industrial automation required to create smart factories, where the most significant asset is the information exchange facilitated by the integration of cutting-edge intelligent technologies such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and big data into robotics.

This enables intelligent, autonomous and collaborative mobile robots to create more efficient, optimal industrial processes with better resource utilization, increasing overall productivity.

The characteristics that make collaborative mobile robotics capable of generating intelligent factories:

Intelligent automation: Intelligent automation means that a mobile robot can perform a task without human intervention and self-management and decision-making, owing to its ability to access, generate, and process information. In this way, the mobile robot is not limited to performing repetitive or dangerous tasks, it can also alter its route.

Connectivity: Connectivity enables machine-to-machine (M2M) communication by fostering decentralized systems and the interaction of robots with humans via integrated interfaces that simplify collaborative work. Additionally, this enables collaboration with other components integrated into mobile platforms, such as artificial vision systems or robotic arms.

Flexibility: Flexibility refers to the ability of mobile robots and manipulators to adapt their manner of functioning in response to the demands of the production line or changes in the work environment.

Performing many tasks, varying their speed, establishing alternate routes, and modifying segments in real-time are all well within the abilities of a mobile robot equipped with intelligent navigation.

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