Design Insights: a second skin for robots; The use of robotics on the rise; IDEA! The registration deadline is July 9

A second skin for robots

We don’t think of robots very often in human terms, and that can be a mistake. Robots may not be flesh and blood, but they have circuits and cables that can be just as susceptible to environmental damage as a human.

In a recent article on Machine Design, we looked at how printed circuit boards are covered with special barriers to repel dust, dirt, and other contaminants in the factory. And for good reason, as the writer Lisa Rizzo of HZO points out.

“Robots rely on electrical circuits of varying complexity to control their parts, interacting with each other at certain levels. The likelihood of having electronic devices damaged due to a single event or the cumulative effects of exposure to contaminants and adverse conditions is extraordinarily high, ”she writes. “Failure means recovery, which has the potential to place humans in the environments in which the robot was designed to protect. Preventing PCB contamination failures is a major requirement when considering the potential exposure of assemblies to all contaminants. To maintain the PCBs and hence the functionality of the robot, protective thin films and nano-coatings are incorporated into the manufacturing process to improve the reliability of PCBs, integrated circuits and large scale assemblies.

Considering the use of robots is an important consideration in a modern factory. Understanding the environment the robot will be working in is just as important as it is for any human worker.

The use of robotics on the rise

The pandemic forced major changes in many areas of manufacturing, and the deployment of robotics was one of those areas that increased even during the economic downturn. With the robotics use case still proven under the strain of the pandemic, the projection is that the market will continue to grow at a double-digit rate, as a recent article from Machine Design pointed out.

According to a market report published by Allied Market Research, the automotive robotics industry reached $ 6.63 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $ 13.6 billion by 2027. There are many factors that will hamper and promote growth industry over the next decade.

Many global manufacturing leaders agree that the adoption of IIoT, including robotics, is a long road that involves the incremental implementation of automation. The importance of automation in the automotive industry has been fueled by the increased need for precision that robotics can provide. Global demand for increased productivity and speed has also led the charge for robotics in the automotive industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the progress and production of robots, which negatively affected the market in early 2020. COVID has also disrupted auto production and disrupted the supply chain. The market recovered when robotics was used in factories to “bridge the gap” between socially remote workers.

IDEA! The deadline for registration for the prizes is July 9

The deadline to participate in IDEA 2021! The rewards are only 10 days away. IDEA 2021! The awards will recognize the best innovative products created over the past year. The rewards program is a showcase for new engineering solutions. It also offers great value for all who enter.

Get your entry today. Also consider joining us at IDEA 2021! Conference in Cleveland. It will be three days of excellent information and the opportunity to reconnect after more than a year of interval.

Click here for a link to the registration form. It’s important to act quickly: the registration deadline is July 9 at 5 p.m. CST.

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