Manufacturing.net put together a list of technologies impacting manufacturing including robotics and wireless connectivity. They said, "For the manufacturer yet to adopt robotics automation, it may be that a cobot is an ideal first step toward automated processes, given the slightly lower price point." Wireless connectivity offers flexibility, scalability, and predictive maintenance opportunities. For more notable technologies, click the link.
While best-of-breed is always preferred, the choice depends on the internal IT capabilities of the enterprise user, the complexity of the automation needs and requirements, and the trade-off between cost (lower for single vendor approach) and performance (best-of-breed guarantees best performance). Some companies have launched a families of industrial robot controllers that will allow easy integration with an existing programmable logic controller (PLC), since no separate programming language is required for the robot. Growing pains still present challenges to incorporating solutions from different robotics vendors. Read More