Intelligent robots are moving into the service industries, working collaboratively with people and with each other in retail, hospitality, healthcare, the public service and more. In Munich, from 19 to 22 June, 2018, automatica will show why the automation industry’s exiting developments in service robotics, how these AI robots are seeing strong growth and are even emerging within some unexpected areas.
“Service robots have emerged from academic seclusion and the result is a host of market-ready products and solutions for end users to explore, with the promise of tangible and compelling benefits to positively impact on business,” the senior executive from Omron Electronics GmbH stated. Europe is super in this field, owning high opportunity for investment but also the need to ensure systems’ interoperability and effectiveness.
In 2016, the number of professional intelligent service robot sold grew by 24%, according to the IFR. Strong growth opens the door to the development of a host of enabling technologies, including software solutions, the current goal of the EU-funded RobMoSys project. It also throws into sharp focus the need for effective human-robot interaction, particularly as service robots for personal and domestic use gain popularity.
The dedicated service robotics area at automatica 2018 will present the very latest developments within the professional sphere. From commercial service robot for hospitality—increasingly adopted by retailers and museums as information-providers—to the robotics shaping digitally stitched-together supply chains and distribution centres, the exhibition will showcase the most up-to-date automation for the service industries of the very near future.