The robotics trends of 2018, according to Tharsus
The UK-based autonomous robot manufacturer, Tharsus, has released a report predicting the future for robotics for the rest of the year.
The manufacturer states that there is to be an increase in the use of collaborative robots (co-bots), due to advancements and lower prices of artificial intelligence (AI) and motion-sensing technologies.
Because of such advances, co-bots are becoming extensively smarter, making more efficient and capable of working with humans.
The robots can be easily trained for new tasks due to their machine learning, as well as being deployable to other working environments and being able to sense additional human presence to avoid collisions.
Tharsus also claims that 2018 is the year for artificial intelligence integration, as robots that’s that feature AI are becoming increasingly adopted by businesses for their time efficiency, especially for customer queries.
Mobile autonomy is also predicted to be heavily used in the coming year, with the technology already very frequently used in autonomous cars.
With the development of mobile robots, the complex technology is capable of undergoing impressive, challenging tasks.
These capabilities include environment perception, localisation, mapping, and motion planning, and are helpful or warehouses, airports, and hospitals.
The technology is anticipated to grow at an annual rate of 70% by the year 2020.
The firm expects cloud robotics to grow in 2018, with IDC claiming that the 60% of all robotics will depend on cloud software by 2020.
With other technologies relying on cloud software for storage, less processing power, pre-programmed information, powerful computers, and batteries will be required.
The result: lighter, cheaper, and smarter robotics.
Finally, Tharsus believe that Robotics as a Service (RaaS) will become a popular business model.
The multi-billion-dollar industry offers adaptable robotic solutions for rent and therefor provides a solution for compnies avoiding large capital investments in robotics.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.