The IoT robotic revolution is here


Robots have long been changing and improving the manufacturing industry, but now, the revolution is about to get even fiercer.  By providing one of the fastest returns on investment, robots and cobots are not only quick to pay for themselves but can also replace the most accurate, reliable, and dedicated of employees. So how can they possibly become even more revolutionary?  

Robots perform repetitive and difficult tasks at inhuman speeds and efficiency, and now, with the combination of The Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), robots have also been outfitted with superhuman memory, intuition, perception, and agility.

The Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT)

The Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT) is a technology that enables robots to monitor, communicate and adjust to events happening around them. The real-time information is then transmitted through one of’s 4-5G, NB-IoT mobile networks or its LoRaWAN gateway and straight to a dedicated IoT Cloud Application. This is then set to trigger automatic changes, for example in the robots’ motion paths and the execution of different tasks. It can also be set to trigger email or SMS notifications to management via any smart device.

One of the top benefits of this new technology is the elimination of downtime. In most industries but more so in the manufacturing industry, stoppage time costs huge amounts of money, but IoRT technology provides 24/7 preventive alarms with worldwide access thus making sure that downtime becomes a thing of the past.

IoT robotics also increase security and safety in the workplace. When machines fail, or when unplanned conditions like human errors or machine jams arise, the potential for human injury or substantial equipment damage is huge. But IoT robots are now better equipped to detect and predict such conditions, keeping an eye on their surroundings, as well as monitor human presence, thus ensuring safer operations across the board.

In today’s world, most of the fundamental tasks in a supply chain rely greatly on robotic technology. One example is that of Automated Guided vehicles (AGVs) that have very quickly become a must-have in supply-chain warehouses. With advanced collision avoidance software, AGVs can also navigate warehouse floors at a much faster speed than any human could, and they can safely be put to work seven days a week twenty-four hours a day.

All this exponentially increases productivity and lowers operational costs, but perhaps even more importantly, an IoRT system facilitates seamless communication thus aligning managers and IT departments with employees on the ground. This gives teams real-time visibility of all the variables and connected points and provides insights that quickly uncover issues and inefficiencies, and minimise outages. 

Automated Guided vehicles
Robotic arm for packing logistics systems using Automated Guided Vehicles

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