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Industry 5.0, a New Era of Modern Manufacturing According to Shermine Gotfredsen, General Manager, APAC, Universal Robots, collaborative robots will be at the forefront of the next industrial revolution which will see greater human-robot collaboration in the workplace

Korea, India and various Southeast Asian markets – being identified as key hotspots for growth in the next few years. The growth of the robotics industry can be attributed to manufacturers seeking automation solutions to adapt to the changing dynamics of the modern manufacturing industry. Today’s manufacturers are faced with multiple challenges. Some of these challenges include the safety of their workers, ensuring consistent quality of their products and keeping overheads to a minimum. Hence, the first industrial robot was created to undertake these heavy, repetitive or hazardous tasks that could pose health risks to workers.

The next step

The Southeast Asian region relies heavily on the manufacturing sector to drive growth for various economies. Manufacturers have come to realise the greater need for more diverse and complex skill-sets to improve productivity in high-mix low-volume production environments. In the near future, changes to market developments and consumer preferences will push companies to develop more innovative solutions to meet evolving production needs. The evolution of the manufacturing industry could spark the next industrial revolution. Industry 5.0 would ideally be

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the transformation of the modern manufacturing process to enable man and machine to work hand-in-hand, pairing the unique, cognitive skills of workers and precise, technical skills of robots to inject an innovative culture into the workforce.

Manufacturing trends and challenges

According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Asia was the largest robot market with approximately 139,300 industrial robots sold in 2014. The adoption of industrial robots is gaining traction in industries across the globe, with Asia – particularly China and Taiwan,

Advanced technologies and skilled labour forces are presenting numerous opportunities that manufacturers can leverage to streamline their production processes. With the advent of industrial robots such as co-bots, factory employees will continue to play an important role as a collaborative co-worker to supervise and ensure that work is done smoothly and safely. Business owners that are already creating smart factories will soon realise the need to consider what comes next. In today’s rapidly evolving manufacturing environment, companies have to be on top of their game by continuously innovating their products or modernising their production processes. Industry 5.0 is starting to take root in factories today and the collaboration between man and machine will continue to advance. The future holds infinite possibilities for humanrobot collaboration.

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