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Collaborative robots have become the new favorite of the industry, and the Chinese market is a must.

with more and more players participating, there is an increasing demand for manufacturing in five business areas under the flexible group, and collaborative robots have become the new favorite of the industry. In the case of the overall cold of the traditional industrial robot market, the sales volume of China's collaborative robot market still maintained a high growth rate

traditional industrial robot giants have also increased their layout. For example, at the International Robot Exhibition in Japan this month, FANUC, one of the four families of industrial robots, released the latest collaborative robot crx-10 IA. However, collaborative robots may not be the end, and collaborative applications may be the next new growth point in the robot industry

we now see a very obvious trend that more and more enterprises pay more attention to applications rather than just robots themselves. Enrico Krog Iversen, CEO of onrobot, a supplier of eoat, pointed out in an interview with China business recently that this trend requires end tools to be flexible enough to support a large number of different applications with one product in an interview with 60 reform tasks in 15 fields, including economic system, political system, cultural system, social system, ecological civilization system and Party building system

collaborative robots have become the new favorite of the industry

Pacific Securities summarized the three tracks of robot development, and its report believes that robots are undergoing the transformation from machines to humans. From the historical development, we can see that the shape of the first generation of traditional industrial robots has not changed significantly in the past 50 years; The second generation robot has certain perception ability to the outside world, and has the functions of vision, touch and hearing, such as cooperative robot; The third generation of robots that rely on AI for planning and control can think, recognize and reason independently according to the perceived information, and make judgments and decisions, which can be completed automatically without human intervention, and become the main body of the production system

cooperative robots are designed for human beings to interact closely in the common workspace after industrial robots take the lead. They need to be installed here with traditional industrial robots. The manufacturer of electronic universal testing machine will tell you about the tearing experiment of electronic universal testing machine on various shapes of samples. The safety protection measures are different from human isolation. Cooperative robots are more flexible, safe and easy to program, It can share the working space with workers and give full play to the advantages of people and machines at the same time

according to the data of the Institute of robotics for advanced industry and Research (GGII), as of July 2019, the number of global collaborative robot manufacturers has exceeded 100. In the second half of 2018, although the industrial robot market as a whole was cold, the annual sales of China's collaborative robot market still achieved a growth rate of nearly 50%, much higher than the overall growth rate of China's industrial robot market

as a representative enterprise of collaborative robots, Su bikai, general manager of youao Greater China, previously told that from the perspective of market application, in addition to the automotive market, 3C products have shorter life cycles and more varieties, so they have higher requirements for flexible manufacturing; At the same time, unlike the automotive industry, many small and medium-sized enterprises purchase robots for the first time, and collaborative robots that are easier to operate and learn become the first choice

in addition to youao, there are traditional industrial robot giants who see the trend of human-computer cooperation. Anshiming, President of ABB's robotics and discrete Automation Division, said that many industries, including the final integrated assembly system of automobiles, need automated processing by robots. Now many of them are human, but through robot promotion, we can improve its dodge and let people stand next to robots. At the same time, you also need to have such ability, for example, let AI help you understand the operation process

challenges of cooperative robots

although the overall development speed is fast, the total number of cooperative robots is still small. According to the "world robotics2019" released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), the annual installation of collaborative robots increased by 23% in 2018, but the proportion in the industrial robot market is still very low, accounting for only 3.24%

J rgen von Hollen, CEO of youao, pointed out that the current market mainly faces two limitations and challenges. One is that up to 80% - 90% of potential customers have not heard of the concept of collaborative robot, and the industry still needs to spend a lot of time and energy educating potential users

secondly, compared with large enterprises with complete automation engineer positions, they have a better understanding of the landing application of collaborative robots. Some small and medium-sized enterprises lack corresponding professionals and need more talent training and perfect after-sales service to better promote the landing of products. Enterprises must change their own communication methods

at the same time, in practical application scenarios, in order to save costs, factory production is often multi-purpose, and a robot is often arranged to other applications after completing one application. Wang Feng, general manager of onrobot China, said that if it is not a unified interface, the replacement of different end tool systems will waste a lot of time. At present, many eoat suppliers are decentralized. Grab is grab, quick change is quick change, suction cup is suction cup, and vision is vision

compared with traditional industrial robots, the development of software interfaces and related technologies of cooperative robots is more complex. Wang Feng told that the field of collaborative application is more about the requirements of software. Only by solving the problems of hardware and software at the same time is a good collaborative application product. Therefore, through the integration of software and hardware, providing simpler programming applications will help to open up the collaborative robot market

Wang Feng pointed out that he hopes to become a one-stop, plug-in solution provider. After the interface and protocol standards are unified, integrators can provide complete solutions more quickly and efficiently, and also avoid the possibility of incompatibility between products and exclusion of software and protocols. At present, the company has completed the quick change interface for many robot manufacturers, including FANUC, Yaskawa, KUKA and youao, and many brands of robots can plug and play the company's products

China's market is a must

according to IFR statistics, China was still the world's largest industrial robot market in 2018, accounting for 36% of the total installed capacity. Although the sales volume of China's industrial robot market fell for the first time in 2018, the annual sales volume ranked first for the sixth consecutive year

the automotive industry and 3C industry are the two downstream industries of industrial robots. Since last year, the decline in sales in the automotive and 3C industries has reduced the demand for robots

however, robot manufacturers are very optimistic about the Chinese market. According to the statistics of the upper and lower limits of Guojin securities in high and low temperatures, the production capacity and output of the four families in China continued to increase (except that FANUC has not produced itself in China due to institutional reasons), which accelerated significantly in 2018. In 2018, abb announced to invest US $150million to build a robot super factory in Shanghai, which is expected to be put into operation by the end of 2020, with an annual production capacity of up to 100000 units/year; The third factory of Anchuan Electric Co., Ltd. in Changzhou was started, and the total capacity of the third phase factory was 18000 sets/year; The second factory in KUKA Shanghai is put into operation, and plans to build the world's second largest manufacturing plant in Shunde. After being put into operation in 2024, the production capacity will reach 75000 sets/year

Guojin securities predicts that under the background of the dominance of China's robot market, the production capacity of the four families in China will continue to expand, and the annual production capacity and output will increase to more than five times the current level

in September this year, Fu Sai, chairman and CEO of ABB group, said in an interview with China business and other media that the company will face market challenges in the short term, so it will slow down production and optimize its budget, but this will not change its long-term goals. At the same time, we will not slow down our expansion plan in China. We believe that China is a very potential growth market

at the same time, there are also Chinese robot manufacturers trying to expand their markets overseas. Shiji Jinbo, director of Liqun automation, told that he was trying to expand the Japanese market by participating in exhibitions. Compared with Japanese enterprises, we saw more gaps. But in fact, China's manufacturing industry is very developed. We also see that Chinese companies continue to catch up with this gap. At the same time, as a large manufacturing country, we are very confident in serving the global market

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