The first automation in manufacturing was recorded in 1771 with the invention of a fully automated spinning mill and its integration into industrial processes has been gathering pace ever since. Today, automation plays a crucial part in many manufacturing operations – and signs are that in 2024, it’s set to become more important than ever.
A staggering 553,052 industrial robots were installed globally in 2022, demonstrating that the demand for robotics and automation shows no sign of abating. According to figures from the latest International Federation of Robotics (IFR) World Robotics Report, the numbers are not only an increase of 5% on the previous year but beat the world record of 500,000 units for the second year in a row.
When we talk about automation in manufacturing, we usually mean the introduction of robotics or other machinery in order to speed up manual processes. However, this isn’t the only way that automation can be introduced into a manufacturing operation. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is growing in popularity amongst manufacturers as they seek to ensure their back office functions run as smoothly as the rest of their business.
We’ve seen the use of robots grow significantly over recent years, as automation has made its way into almost every aspect of modern life. From AI-driven chatbots to automated vehicles, new technologies are evolving fast. So, as we head into 2023, we look at industry predictions from the world of robotics and consider what these may mean for businesses and manufacturing.
There are under three months left to take advantage of the UK government’s super-deduction tax break on automation machinery. Despite calls from industry leaders for the incentive to be extended, the Chancellor confirmed it will end as planned on March 31 2023, making this your last chance to qualify for the 130% capital allowance deduction.
Half a million new robots were installed around the world last year – but only 2,054 of those were in the UK, according to the latest International Federation of Robots (IFR) World Robotics Report.
Robots are strongly connected to our vision of the future, but if we want to create a more sustainable planet for the next generation, we need to harness this technology today. In this blog, we look at what the word 'sustainability' means and what robots are doing to support its development.
After a two-year decline, the demand for industrial robots in Europe has bounced back to reach an all-time high. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), 2021 was a record-breaking year for robot sales across the continent – and globally. In this blog, we'll look at the figures in detail, and compare Europe with the rest of the world across industries.