In 2013, the German government unveiled its Industry 4.0 strategy and kicked off a global race toward a new era of digitalisation and smart manufacturing. Yet this year’s COVID-19 pandemic outbreak is forcing enterprises to adjust production policies and relocate factories implementing the technologies of automation, standardisation, intellectualisation, and digitisation for decentralised manufacturing and logistics, and import/export cost reduction.
In this landscape of industrial transformation, flexibility is a primary goal for manufacturers, and the demand for industrial robots is rising. Peter Peng, Director of Delta’s Robotics Automation comments, “We’ve seen the robotics market grow since 2012 and peak in 2017, with shipment growth rate at 40 percent. Although external factors impacted the market and slowed growth from 2018 to 2019, we’re optimistic about a new growth wave after 2020. We estimate the robotics market to have a CAGR of about 9.1 percent from 2017 to 2023. So if smart manufacturing transformation continues, robots will be present in more industries.”
Taiwan’s crucial role in the machine tool industry has led to the integration of machine tools with Japanese robot arms. However, now domestic six-axis and collaborative robots are available to better satisfy local manufacturers and spur the domestic robot market. To improve the price-performance ratio and system efficiency, domestic manufacturers need to simplify operations and integrate robots with even more applications.
As manufacturing changes, market demands for automation have turned from dedicated equipment to highly flexible smart equipment with robots considered an important piece of the Industry 4.0 puzzle. At Delta, we’ve devoted ourselves to automated production for over 20 years, and we now enter our fifth year in the robotics market since the debut of our first SCARA robot in 2015.
Peter Peng points out, “Delta’s competitive advantage is that we have the electronics processing technology and years of experience in developing automated key components for integration with robotic solutions. We can learn and improve from actual tests and production with our own components and production lines. By going through the user experience ourselves, we can verify every product and fix weaknesses before launching to the market. We especially use this experience in our expansion into the automotive and electronics industries.”
Meanwhile, traditional industries like packaging, food, and pharmaceuticals are also adopting robots to boost their production. To cater to this, Delta developed Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arms (SCARAs) and six-axis articulated robots that suit various industries with dedicated functions including conveyor tracking and inspection on the fly for easy operation.
We’ve found that some customers new to automation are somewhat hesitant to utilise robots due to difficult programming languages and operation. That’s why we continue to improve our solutions by working alongside our customers and learning from their feedback. For example, Delta recently launched a powerful and user-friendly robot simulation software called DRASimuCAD which integrated CAD, CAM and robot simulation programs for smart manufacturing.
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