When we speak of the concept of robotics in general, there is often confusion in the press, particularly in what we call INDUSTRIAL Robotics and SERVICE Robotics. Hence the corresponding ISO standard has to be indicated that corresponds to each product of robotics. This process is basic to development, manufacture and marketing. The ISO standards are defined by the International Federation of Robotics, of which we are founder members.
The definition of Industrial Robotics is found in standard ISO 8373:2012, that is: “An automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes, which can be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications”.
At the same time, industrial robots are quantified in two ways:
- Application (handling, welding, materials, assembling and disassembling, etc.) and Sectors (food and beverage, textile, wood, paper, plastics, industrial machinery, etc.).
- AUTO (automobile) and NON-AUTO (non-automobile).
For Service Robotics, the definition proposed by the ISO TC 184/SC2 Committee is “All types of non-Industrial robots”. The IFR also gives the following definition: “Is a robot that performs useful tasks for humans or equipment excluding industrial automation application”.
In the international context, Industrial Robotics will be a fundamental part of the 4th Industrial Revolution in which we are immersed. As this project improves the output of all plants that use them, together with the cost and quality of manufactured goods, which is a claim from the IMF to Spain and Europe in general, in order to increase from the current 15% of industrial GDP to 20% by 2020, this technology will become increasingly significant over the next 50 years, as predicted by the IFR. It will create qualified employment, giving sustainability to plants and increasing exports. In this sense, it is also predicted that Service Robotics will be in great demand over coming years.
This is why the AER is formed by associates linked to both concepts of robotics. It also organizes and promotes a series of technological dissemination Seminars addressed to different strategic sectors.