The emergence of cooperative robots has brought new opportunities for domestic robots
China has become the largest consumer of industrial robots for five consecutive years. Data show that 136000 industrial robots were added to the domestic market in 2017, with a year-on-year increase of 60%. But at the same time, in the market competition, domestic industrial robots with independent brands are still at a disadvantage for a long time
according to the analysis of industry experts, foreign enterprises take the lead in the field of industrial robots by virtue of their first mover advantage and technological accumulation. On the contrary, abb and other four families, I am also very willing to find a partner to do all kinds of cave theft experiments. One study occupies about half of the market share of industrial robots. In contrast, China's robot enterprises are facing the problems of lack of professionals, lack of core components, and insufficient market recognition. In this context, it is believed that the emergence of cooperative robots brings new opportunities for domestic robots that are struggling to catch up
Yi Jianqiang, member of the CPPCC National Committee and researcher of the Institute of automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Science and technology that cooperative robots are a research direction emerging in recent years, "it emphasizes the cooperation between robots and people, or between robots and robots, to jointly complete specified tasks."
the "2017 blue book on the development of collaborative robot industry" released by a research institute shows that from 2014 to 2016, the annual compound growth rates of global collaborative robot sales and market scale were 74.71% and 71.23% respectively
according to the statistics of China robot industry alliance, from 2013 to 2016, the proportion of domestic industrial robots has been around 25% to 32% in terms of the number of units sold, and the share increase is not obvious. In the first half of 2017, the sales volume of domestic industrial robots increased by about 20% year-on-year, far lower than the growth rate of the industry. "Collaborative robot is an effective means for small and medium-sized enterprises and enterprises with flexible production requirements to realize intelligent manufacturing, and it is also an opportunity for domestic robot enterprises to overtake on corners in the market." Wang Xizhe, CEO of Zeda technology, who is committed to the research and development of modular collaborative robots, believes that
"The cooperative robot based on the joint module can be customized technically, with a price of 100000-300000 yuan, and can greatly reduce the later use cost by ensuring that it can reuse the filling joints smoothly on the high-speed active filling machine. This is very attractive to small and medium-sized enterprises whose production mode is small batch and customized, and they can't invest too much money to moderate the interface of the production line and carry out large-scale transformation." Wang Xizhe said
at the same time, although the core technology of China's robot industry needs to be strengthened during measurement, China's complete industrial system makes the industrial chain of upstream and downstream robots relatively perfect, which is also conducive to the development of cooperative robots
"taking the harmonic reducer, the core component of robot, as an example, there are only a few manufacturers that can deliver stably in the world. The quality of Japanese products is the best, but the price and delivery time are very demanding for domestic enterprises. Domestic harmonic reducers have made significant progress and can meet the requirements of collaborative robots. For collaborative robot customers who are more sensitive to price and flexibility, using domestic suppliers has significant advantages." Wang Xizhe said, "we especially hope that small and medium-sized enterprises and all parties in the robot industry chain can pay attention to cooperative robots and reconfigurable robots, and work together to contribute to China's intelligent manufacturing and industrial upgrading."
member Yi Jianqiang pointed out that although robots have developed greatly in recent years, and the environmental perception ability based on artificial intelligence has also been greatly improved, there are still deficiencies in some aspects, and there is still a gap in judging each other's intentions. Therefore, to achieve robot cooperation in complex environments, it needs the joint efforts of the scientific and technological community and the business community