Robots are still developing very quickly. The abilities and ease of use of robots will be improved steadily for at least the next ten years.
Major developments will come in the following areas.
- Faster control loops leading to more accurate and faster motion control.
- Simpler integration with sensors including force control and vision systems.
- Intelligent control of redundant robot structures.(Structures with more than six degrees of freedom.)
- Advanced off-line programming techniques.
In conclusion the range of possible applications for robots is rapidly expanding and it is imperative that a world class manufacturing company should keep an eye on developments and implement robots wherever benefits can be gained.