Over the past decade, injection molding robots have become an increasingly popular machine in manufacturing industries.
Industry owners in this field are running towards this technology in the hope of getting ahead of their competitors. Has it worked?
Yes. Injection molding robots have proven to be very reliable, safe, efficient and cost-friendly in production. When deployed in the right state and conditions, industries have reaped enormous benefits.
However, the one concern that faces this industry is this; Is there a future for the injection molding robot? Or will people reach a point where they’ll opt for other machines to replace these robots?
Below, we’ll give you a glimpse of the future of these robots. Take a look:
1. Increased demand for the robots
Injection molding robots have numerous benefits to offer business of all types, small, medium and large.
As competition stiffens in the market, it’s evident that more industries will look for strategies to gain competitive advantage. Hence, the adoption of these robots.
Numerous small and medium manufacturing industries will invest in this robot to leverage their profits. Moreover, the robots’ application will increase from more than just injection molding.
In industries such as plastic and polymer, or pharma and chemistry, these robots are already in use for different purposes. From loading and unloading to packaging and gluing.
These uses are anticipated to spread to more fields and industries.
2. Larger better injection robots
When I say larger, I’m not only talking about the size, but also the capacity it can handle. Engineers are working on injection molding robots that can mold even those large, heavy products.
Companies such as Universal Robots are working on their robotic arm injection molding robots. These robots are much better than traditional robots and can work peacefully, alongside other workers.
Such technology means that it’s possible to combine human-robot efforts to come up with high-quality products.
Soon, the robots will not only handle heavier payloads but also more than one product at a time.
3. Better control of the robots
The biggest challenge with the traditional caged robot was the control. Programming the robot was super complex, and only a few technicians could handle it.
Consequently, it resulted in numerous industry accidents and injuries to workers.
Technology has, however, found a way to improve this. Today, most injection molding robots are fitted with sensors and ‘eyes’ to detect products and people in their way.
This way, they avoid inflicting any harm to the workers.
Additionally, controlling these robots is now easier than ever. You don’t even need programming experience to work with these robots. Merely following a manual and taking a short training course will do the trick.
Integration and deployment of these robots are also fast and easy. In a matter of hours, you’ll have your injection molding robot up and running.
4. Lower costs
Contrary to popular belief, the price of industrial robots has drastically reduced over the years. Research shows that this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Therefore, in five years, prices for robots are projected to decline by nearly 20%. The decline is attributed to the reduction in the production costs of the robots. As such, in years to come, robots will be more affordable.
Industries of all sizes will thus invest in these robots for better productivity.
5. Better storage and security
The basicinjection modelling robots come with softwares and storage memory to serve your operations. The storage keeps your steps and programs for your processes to enable repeatability of some tasks.
This storage is, however, limited, and its security is still in question.
However, the advancements in the IT and cybersecurity world means that; future robots will bear not only more storage spaces, but also better security features.
Injection molding robots are still far off from where it’s projected to be. However, its future has never been brighter.
Within the next decade, we expect an increase in demand, expanded applications, better control features and lower costs for the robots.
This means that you can’t count injection molding robots out just yet. They’ve proven that they are here to stay!