Technological development in the manufacturing sector is the first megatrend that supports further automation and digitalization. The increasing availability of computing power has given birth to many new technologies such as advanced robotics, the industrial internet of things, additive manufacturing, AI and ML, advanced analytics, machine vision, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, etc. This article shows the significant strength of this trend. Everyone working in manufacturing should at least be aware of it.
The development of adaptability, ease of programming, and integration will give rise to what is termed advanced robotics. Advanced robotics systems will transform industrial operations. Compared with conventional robots, advanced robots have а superior perception, integrability, adaptability, and mobility. Taken together, these improvements mean that advanced robots will be able to perform many more tasks more economically than the previous generation of automated systems.