As robots continue to permeate nearly every aspect of our lives, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the rapid advancements in robotics technology will shape the future of business. From automating routine tasks to enhancing customer experiences, the integration of robotics promises to revolutionize how businesses operate, creating opportunities and challenges for companies of all sizes and industries. The implications of this technological shift are far-reaching and multifaceted, touching on everything from the nature of work and employment to the ethics of decision-making by autonomous systems.
As businesses navigate this rapidly evolving landscape, staying tuned to the latest developments in robotics is more critical than ever. With the ability to perform tasks faster and more accurately than humans, robots are increasingly being deployed to take over repetitive, labor-intensive work, freeing human workers to focus on more complex and value-adding activities. This also can lead to increased efficiency, cost savings, and business productivity. However, it also raises ethical and legal considerations that companies must address. Professionals at IT Support Fresno help companies implement robotics technology efficiently.
In this blog, we will explore the top ways in which robotics will change the future of businesses.
Automating repetitive tasks is one of the most common ways robotics is changing the future of businesses. Robotics technology has advanced to the point where robots can perform tasks faster and more accurately than humans, making them well-suited for automating repetitive, labor-intensive work. It can increase business efficiency and cost savings, as robots can work 24/7 without breaks and reduce errors.
For example, robots can take over tasks such as assembling and packaging in manufacturing, freeing human workers to focus on more complex and value-adding activities. It can increase productivity, reduce labor costs and improve working conditions for employees.
Integrating robotics technology in businesses can help them meet customer needs faster and more efficiently. Robotics technology can help companies improve the efficiency of their day-to-day operations, leading to faster turnaround times and shorter lead times. This can be especially important for companies that operate in highly competitive industries, where the ability to respond to customer needs quickly can be the key to success.
Furthermore, using robotics technology can also aid businesses in improving the quality of their goods and services. The use of robots in manufacturing, for example, can lead to more precise and consistent production, resulting in higher-quality products. Similarly, robots can assist in surgeries, provide therapy and rehabilitation, and help with patient care, which can lead to improved patient outcomes and increased accessibility to medical services.
In addition, robotics technology can also help businesses gather and analyze data, providing them with valuable insights into customer needs and preferences. This enables businesses to create new products and services that meet these needs faster, satisfying customers and driving business growth.
Robotics technology has opened up many new business opportunities across various industries.
- In manufacturing, robots can be used for assembly, packaging, and other tasks, increasing efficiency and reducing labor costs.
- In logistics, robots can be used for tasks such as sorting, transporting, and loading goods, leading to more efficiency and cost savings.
- In healthcare, robots can be used in tasks such as assisting in surgeries, providing therapy and rehabilitation, and helping with patient care, leading to improved patient outcomes, and increased accessibility to medical services.
In addition, robotics technology is also expanding into new areas such as agriculture, construction, and even entertainment, creating opportunities for new businesses to develop. The use of robotics technology also opens up opportunities for businesses to create new products and services, such as software, sensors, and other components used in robotics systems.
The idea that robots are taking jobs away from humans is a common perception, but robotics technology is creating new job opportunities for humans. As businesses automate repetitive tasks using robots, human workers are freed up to focus on more complex, value-adding activities that require creativity and decision-making skills. As a result, it can create new, higher-skilled jobs that were not previously possible.
Additionally, developing and maintaining robots and robotics systems require various specialized skills, such as programming, engineering, and design. This has led to a growing demand for workers with these skills, creating new job opportunities in robotics engineering, software development, and automation technology. Additionally, as robots become more prevalent in different industries, robots will create new jobs in areas such as robot maintenance, repair, and programming.
The increasing use of robotics technology can give businesses a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Robotic technology can help companies to improve productivity, reduce labor costs, and increase output and efficiency. It can help businesses to produce goods and services faster, at a lower price, and with a higher quality, which can be the key to success in highly competitive industries.
Additionally, the use of robotics technology can also help businesses stay ahead of their competitors by providing them with new capabilities and insights that would not be possible without robotics. Furthermore, the integration of robotics technology can also help businesses access new markets and customers by providing them with new products and services and improving the efficiency of their supply chain and logistics operations.
Robotics technology is expected to impact the future of work significantly. The increased use of robots and automation in various industries will change how we work, as machines will take over many tasks humans previously performed. This will likely result in a shift in the types of skills needed for jobs, as more emphasis will be placed on technical skills and problem-solving abilities.
Additionally, the use of robotics technology may lead to changes in the structure of businesses, as companies will likely need to adapt to new technologies and ways of working to stay competitive. Overall, while robotics technology has the potential to bring many benefits, it will also require individuals and businesses to adapt and evolve to remain relevant in the future workforce.
Post courtesy: George Passidakis, Director of Sales and Marketing at Apex Technology Management
Warehouse robotics provider Exotec Reaches Over 100 Customer Sites
The company is on track to hire 200+ employees globally by the end of the year as it continues to expand its presence across APAC, Europe, and North America
Today, Exotec®︎, a global warehouse robotics provider, announced its continued business expansion reaching over 100 customer sites globally. The company is on track to increase its global employee headcount 80% YoY by 2024 to support record business growth across APAC, Europe, and North America.
“Reaching more than 100 customer sites signals an important milestone for our business and the momentum of the warehouse robotics category,” says Exotec CEO and Co-founder Romain Moulin. “Leading brands trust Exotec not only to improve operational efficiency and augment their human workforces in the warehouse, but use it as a driving force to reinvent their entire supply chains.”
“Amid global economic uncertainty, prolonged labor shortages, and rising consumer expectations, warehouse automation emerges as a compelling market opportunity,” said Christian Resch, Partner at the Growth Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. “We believe Exotec is well-positioned to take advantage of this opportunity due to their unique approach to engineering, innovation, and a proven track-record of success helping the world’s largest brands.”
Originally founded in France, Exotec entered the North American market in 2020, ready to take on the world’s largest economy. In less than 3 years, Exotec has established its North American headquarters in Atlanta where it now counts a team of 70+ people, with plans to continue hiring to support strong customer demand in the region. Currently, there are 20+ customer sites across the U.S. and Canada for leading brands including Gap Inc., Ariat, and Decathlon. The North American market is expected to represent one third of Exotec’s global business by 2025.
In Western Europe, Exotec drove tremendous growth with new customer wins and expansions into new countries. In June, Exotec partnered with CEVA Logistics to deliver 57 robots to two sites in the Netherlands, and in July Exotec partnered with Lyreco, a global office supply distributor, to deliver robots to its distribution center in France.
In April 2023, Exotec solidified its presence in the UK market with a significant customer partnership with Alliance Automotive Group (AAG), a European leader in the automotive aftermarket industry.
Pushing its rapid growth throughout the rest of Europe, Exotec continues to build momentum in the Central European region. The company recently announced its partnership with Polish Integrator A1 Sorter which already resulted in a joint project with ILS, a Polish logistics service provider for the automotive industry. A1 Sorter and Exotec will outfit an ILS fulfillment center located at the company’s headquarters in Zakroczym, Poland, with the signature Skypod® system.
As one of the world’s fastest-growing markets, Asia has been of particular focus for Exotec as it expands across the globe. In August 2023, the company announced it had entered the Korean region with a partnership with POSCO DX Co. Ltd., an engineering and IT service provider. South Korea is the second Asian country, following Japan, to embrace Exotec solutions and represent a strategic market for the company.
In Japan, Exotec continued the record growth with new partnerships to deliver its Skypod robotics systems to integrated logistics provider, Alps Logistics, and a fulfillment service provider, acca international
Exotec builds elegant goods-to-person warehouse robotic solutions for the world’s largest brands. The company combines the best of hardware and software to offer flexible warehouse systems that drive operational efficiency, add resiliency, and improve working conditions for warehouse operators. 30+ industry-leading brands including Carrefour, Decathlon, Gap Inc., and UNIQLO trust Exotec to improve their operations and profitably navigate rapid shifts in business models and customer expectations.
Robotics in Agriculture: Solinftec's Solix Revolutionizes Crop Management in the American Corn Belt
Solinftec’s revolutionary robot, Solix, is gaining ground in the American Corn Belt, bringing transformative changes to cooperative business models in the region.
Co-Alliance, Carroll Service Company, and Premier Ag have formed partnerships with the company after testing the Solix robot and witnessing a reduction of over 95% in the volume of herbicides applied during the recent crop season, effectively eliminating weeds at an early stage.
Solinftec, a global leader in artificial intelligence and sustainable agricultural practices, established partnerships with three more American cooperatives at the beginning of August. Co-Alliance, Carroll FS, and Premier Ag completed the acquisition of additional Solix units after testing and experiencing the benefits provided by the Sprayer solution on their crops. Through these partnerships, Solinftec aims to expand its presence in the United States by fivefold.
Around 20 robots covered the American corn belt in 2023 and proved the effectiveness of the Sprayer solution, reducing herbicide volume in American crops by more than 95% through targeted applications that eliminate weeds at their early stages. “The three cooperatives are at the forefront of agricultural technology in the United States, and by adopting Solix, they realized the potential for changing the way they price services provided to American producers,” says Leonardo Carvalho, Chief Global Strategy Officer.
“In the traditional model, American cooperatives purchase agrochemicals directly from companies in the agricultural pesticides industry and offer spraying services along with the product that will be managed on the field,” explains Leonardo. ”
With the introduction of the Solix robot, the possibility of change arises in how they charge for the service, not based on the volume of agrochemicals applied but on clean acres. This means a combination of factors such as weed-free area, productivity per acre, and the possibility of establishing a fixed value since the choice of the product to be applied by the Solix platform lies with the Cooperative,” assures the director of strategy at Solinftec.
“Through these partnerships we have consolidated this month, we demonstrate our ability to serve a wide range of businesses democratically, enabling quick decision-making, delivering a significant reduction in agrochemicals, and providing sustainability to our customers’ businesses. Additionally, we offer a new way of managing the American corn belt,” added Guilherme Guiné, Chief of Operations of Solinftec in North America.
“Modern agriculture needs technologies like those from Solinftec that redefine the way business and spraying are currently done,” noted Noah Freeman, Senior Director YieldPro at Co-Alliance. “The economic and sustainability benefits generated by Solix in our operations are evident,” said Ryan Priest, Chief Operating Officer at Premier. “We were able to clearly see the benefits that Solinftec’s expertise can offer to American agriculture,” said Chase Sellnow, General Manager at Carroll Service Company. “By adopting this robotic technology, we observed the potential for a coming change in how we conduct our business,” concluded the GM.
In addition to these three cooperatives, WHIN (Wabash Heartland Innovation Network) has also partnered with Solinftec and will continue to use the technology among its members in the next harvest.
About Solix AG Robotics Sprayer Solution:
The Sprayer keeps the fields clean, free from invasive plants, and ensures sustainable production from pre-planting to harvest. The Solix Sprayer is capable of precise herbicide application, enabling efficient control of weeds, preventing their spread, and competition for nutrients with the target crop. Another efficiency point regarding the Sprayer model is its ability to avoid drift during herbicide management since it is a lighter machine operating at a lower speed, providing greater stability in the booms while still respecting the recommended spacing between nozzles, usually 20 inches.
In addition to the weather function, the Sprayer works in conjunction with the ALICE platform, which can provide appropriate wind speed recommendations and optimal windows for spraying crops. The Sprayer is powered by four solar panels that control its drive system and spraying system, providing reports on crop populations, weed identification and densities, insect identification, spraying maps with analysis of inputs, and other data layers for producer analysis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Solix Sprayer can cover up to 50 acres per day, depending on the field’s shape and terrain.
Solinftec has a mission to revolutionize large-scale food production – the company is committed to offering cutting-edge solutions like ALICE AI artificial intelligence and the Solix Ag Robotics. Solinftec is a global company founded in 2007 that has become a global leader in artificial intelligence services and robotics for agriculture. The North American Headquarters is located in Lafayette, IN.
Pudu Robotics Enters McDonald's Locations in Slovenia, Further Expanding Its Footprint in Europe
Commercial service robots producer Pudu Robotics now has a team of its robots working at McDonald’s locations in Slovenia through a deal set up by its local exclusive partner ARONAtm. In addition to this world’s top fast-food chain, the Chinese robotics company has also worked with other partners across multiple industries to steadily expand its presence in Poland, the Netherlands, the UK, and other European countries. Its robots are deployed across a wide range of scenarios including gas stations, retail electronics outlets, restaurants, and hotels, among others.
At the end of 2021, McDonald’s Slovenia started gradually introducing dozens of Pudu’s BellaBot robots into the workforce, in a move to assist restaurant staff with the serving and delivery of food items as well as to perform other duties. The video of BellaBot delivering food at McDonald’s has gone viral on TikTok, with millions of views worldwide.
The global restaurant sector is currently undergoing significant consolidation, as a result of the pandemic raising concerns among restaurant-goers and leading many to rethink their relationship with their dining environment. Expectations for sanitary and safety conditions have grown exponentially. With these concerns in mind, McDonald’s Slovenia decided to use AI-powered food delivery robots. In addition to lower cost and higher efficiency, “hiring” the robots also reduced person-to-person interaction and, thus, the risk of virus transmission. The move has proven a winner, with added convenience for customers alongside a boost in the evolution of the brand across the intelligent foodservice ecosystem.
Moreover, BellaBot, serving as a concrete example of the new intelligent business model, has also been engaged in multiple tourism promotion campaigns launched by the government of Slovenia and its tourism offices.
Just since the beginning of the year, Pudu Robotics has signed agreements with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Jordan, Metro Group’s Media Markt, Japan’s Skylark Group, Shell Poland, and other well-known brands with international stature. To date, Pudu Robotics has shipped over 40,000 of its robots around the world. Pudu Robotics’ presence being expanded from the foodservice sector into cleaning, disinfection, and building services is expected to increase the company’s user base and pave the way for the creation of robots that enhance both human productivity and daily life quality based on customer demands.
About Pudu Robotics
Shenzhen-based and founded in 2016, Pudu Robotics is a world-leading tech-focused enterprise dedicated to the design, R&D, production and sales of commercial service robots, which aims to use robots to improve the efficiency of human production and living. Pudu Robotics has been rapidly growing in recent years to become a “leader” in the global markets with coverage of over 60 countries and regions worldwide.
SOURCE Pudu Robotics
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