Conventional robotic systems have automated certain industrial operations for the past 50 years. Recent advancements in AI and computer vision technology have enabled a paradigm shift toward smart robotic systems that can be integrated into informational and operational systems while expanding use cases.
We believe smart robots are intelligent systems that can:
Collaborate with humans
Learn from their environment with sensors
Analyze data to continuously improve
Operate in dynamic unstructured environments
As we look ahead, smart robotic workcells may be a requirement to achieve fully autonomous or "Dark" facilities.
Robotics is no longer science fiction
Of organizations believe that professional or consulting service providers in robotics will be critical or helpful to their success.
Of organizations expect to increase their spend in robotics by up to 5% per year.
Of people will buy AI and applications services by 2024.
* Gartner surveyed 250 professionals who play a role in selecting, buying, or managing industrial physical robotics and related services in businesses with revenues of $500m+.
Scaled smart robotics delivers value
When deployed across a network of operations, smart robotic workcells generate a return on investment while tackling key challenges in physical operations today.
Address labor shortages
A global pandemic accelerated a decreasing workforce for physical operations. Robots collaborate with personnel to fill the void and meet demand.
Deliver high quality
Smart robots leverage computer vision and machine learning to reduce errors, shifting focus toward complex problems and strategic initiatives.
Drive down costs
With robotics as a service (RaaS), drive down initial capital expenditures (CAPEX) to create value and impact margins immediately.
Improve productivity and efficiencies
A fleet of smart robotic workcells can work together to increase throughput while making operations efficient by realigning the workforce.
Smart robots continuously improve to reduce waste and energy, helping organizations reach their sustainability objectives.
Improve flexibility and resilience in production
Integrated smart robotic workcells use business and robot data to collaborate and dynamically operate, addressing variability in demand.
Challenges in deploying robots
Research* shows >75% of companies ramping up or optimizing their robotics capabilities, which means the benefits of robotic systems in physical operations are clear. However, while demand is growing, 37.5% of companies report worse than expected return on investment (RoI). They list the following reasons:
Longer than expected deployment times
High Implementation Costs
Inexperience in robotics design and customization
Inability to scale, operate, and maintain
How we help
As a turnkey smart robotics solution provider and operator, our capabilities are designed to address deployment challenges while guiding organizations through a robotics journey that generates a return on investment.
Smart robotics engineering & integration
Prioritize automation opportunities towards ROI and pre-engineer workcells to meet expected deployment times.
Robotics Capability & Value Strategy
Use Case Identification
Site Assessment & Process Mapping
Work-Process Re-Engineering for Robotics
Autonomous Facility Planning
Ecosystem management & commercial modelling
Grow and maintain a strong ecosystem of vendor relationships and create commercial constructs to reduce implementation costs and meet robot demand.
Financial Modelling & Commercial Constructs
Robot Vendor Management
Robot Procurement & Leasing Models
Robotics as a Service (RaaS) Models
Integration into business systems
Simulate, prototype and develop smart robotic workcells that are integrated into business sytems.
Workcell Physics & Plant-Level Simulation
Robotics Rapid Prototyping
Workcell Configuration & Customization
Warehouse Integration (WMS/WCS/WES)
Manufacturing Integration (MES)
Custom gripper & accessory design
Robot Data Security & Risk Management
Deployment, operation and maintenance
Standardize workcells to scale toward successful deployments and provide 24/7 operations and maintenance support to ensure uptime and performance
Change Management & Operator Training
AI Orchestration & Machine Learning Updates
Operations & Maintenance
Awards & recognition
Expertise you can build upon: Independent research organizations continuously recognize Accenture as a best-in-class provider of operations consulting, solutions, and services.
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Frequently asked questions
Smart robotic Systems combine the best of computer science and engineering to streamline and automate repeatable processes through autonomous robotics, specifically in manufacturing, distribution, and logistics. These systems utilize IIOT sensors and robots with autonomous solutions to learn from their environment, analyze data, and operate in dynamic, unstructured environments with human and machine collaboration.
Collaborative industrial robotics involves robots that are compact in size and can work alongside people safely through a quick and cost-effective introduction. The different types of industrial robots are Cartesian (moving in straight lines on 3 axes; SCARA (like Cartesian, but also with rotational movement); Articulated (a robotic arm with multiple rotary joints); Cylindrical (cylindrical work area with an extendable sliding arm); Parallel (three arms connecting to one base); Spherical (One arm with two rotary joints and one linear joint); and Cobots (involve human and machine collaboration).
Technology in robotics is ever-changing, and what is a hot topic in smart robotic systems today will probably be moved down the hot list next month or next year. A key robotics focus is for companies to simulate, prototype and develop smart robotic work cells that are integrated into business systems. This involves services like work cell-level (physics-based) and plant-level simulation, robotics rapid prototyping, work cell configuration and customization, warehouse integration (WMS/WCS/WES), and robot data security and risk management.
How robots are utilized in manufacturing varies depending on a variety of factors – but mainly the type of manufacturing business, the size of manufacturing business and the budget a company has for robotics and autonomous systems. Some of the more common manufacturing areas for robots are Product Assembly; Handling of Raw Materials; Material Movement; Welding; Painting; Filling; Sealing; and Product Handling and Packaging.
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