Multiple autonomous industrial robots are of great utility in various manufacturing applications, especially if the surroundings are very complex and unorganized. Large scale production of widgets, machine parts, or other goods is mainly dependent on these robots as they can do the job faster and more efficiently than humans. They are also cost-effective and do not create any extra load on the factory floor because they do not require much physical space. However, they have certain shortcomings that have to be sorted out before a system can be successfully deployed.
The shortcomings of the system are high costs, long-distance operation, and skilled labor. High costs of deployment are mainly attributed to the need for specialized technicians who will operate and maintain the system. They may charge a lot from the company where they purchase the robot to deploy it. There may also be instances where the operator needs to stay in an area to supervise the operation. This will be a very costly exercise as skilled labor is also needed to operate the robot.
Another limitation of autonomous industrial robots is that they cannot perform tasks that require human interaction. Such tasks include picking up and placing products or placing orders. For product fulfillment companies this is a big issue as they have to ensure that products are picked up from the warehouses, packaged, and delivered to the customer. Therefore, the robots are unable to perform such tasks making them useless for warehousing requirements.
The third limitation is related to manufacturing and assembly. Since they are entirely autonomous they can perform different tasks apart from their main function. This means that they can perform assembly tasks or evenpackageskagesthout any human supervision. However, there are still issues here as companies cannot be sure about the quality of the products produced. If they were to encounter a defect, it could be very costly for the company involved.
The fourth limitation is related to the product portfolio. Since the manufacturers can specify the products that they want to be manufactured in each batch of the robotic system they produce, it becomes difficult for other companies to be able to supply the products that the company needs. Therefore, they may decide to produce fewer units of a certain autonomous industrial, mobile robotics product line than necessary just to fulfill their needs. They cannot increase the size of their manufacturing facility to fulfill the demand if they only produce less than the amount that they need.
The fifth limitation is related to the way humans interact with robots. Many people have a fear of a machine turning out to be a monster. This is especially true if the manufacturing process has not undergone thorough control by humans. If humans are involved in the manufacturing process then it can result in excessive force, which can cause injuries. Such accidents do not usually happen but they do occur. Therefore, it is recommended that before buying any industrial automation product such as a robot, one must make sure that they will be capable of operating well in a setting where humans are present.
The sixth limitation relates to how humans can evaluate the performance of the industrial manufacturing system. When there are a lot of factors involved that make it hard for people to evaluate the performance of the robot, then the machine is not effectively used. The evaluation of the robot should involve factors such as speed, reliability, operation cost, flexibility, and durability. The efficiency of the robot can also be evaluated through time since the longer the machine is used, the more accurate its output is likely to be. On the other hand, a shortcoming of the machine can decrease the level of productivity and efficiency.
Industrial robotics has made it possible for many factories and manufacturing plants to function autonomously. However, even with the use of such robots, some limitations still exist. In particular, some problems can only be solved with human intervention. Self-operated robots can only perform certain operations and can only do those that can be done without the intervention of the operator. The use of autonomous manufacturing methods can reduce costs and increase the efficiency of production processes when properly integrated with other technological developments within the industry.