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The Future of Non-Automotive Cobots: What’s Driving the Growth?

Robots are rapidly becoming a common sight in everyday life.

No longer are they just working in production facilities, packing orders at distribution centers, or working in medical laboratories.

Collaborative robots are now seen working alongside staff at local department stores and grocery stores.

In North America, non-automotive robot sales were up 17% last year over 2017, explains Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation, in May’s Supply Chain Management Review NextGen interview.

Global economies are already feeling the effects of a labor shortage that seems will only get worse, and industries are turning to cobots to fill their needs.

The robotics industry is also adding new jobs in the form of engineers, technicians, and other support roles.

Deep learning is helping robot arms improve their own programming and locate and move boxes more efficiently.