Robotics play a very significant role in the current 4th Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). In numerous industrial sectors, including the “traditional industry”, much of the focus is on assimilation of Smart Robotics, which integrates mechanics and intelligent systems and applies capabilities such as computerized vision, data collection sensors, and machine learning algorithms.
At the same time, the most important challenge in the Israeli manufacturing industry continues to be the need to increase productivity. It is now more difficult to find new professional workers with required technical capabilities or even preserve the current ones. Consequently, it is near to impossible to maintain the current quality output, nonetheless improve it.
The main path to elevate productivity, increase output, reduce costs, and improve quality is by investing and assimilating automation and robotics capabilities. Israel Innovation Authority sponsors investments in technology that promote advanced manufacturing in general and robotics specifically.
A year and half ago, The Robotics Consortium for the Israeli Industry (Assembly by Robotic Technology consortium - ART) was established, sponsored and financially supported by the Israel Innovation Authority. The consortium binds eight leading industrial firms and three academic research universities. Its vision is to significantly improve the productivity, quality and cost of manual assembly processes in the “traditional industry”. Its mission is to develop generic robotic technologies for “intuitive” assembly of Linear Deformable Objects processes characterized by high uncertainty.
The consortium partners consist of technology development companies Polygon Technologies, Robotican, Siemens (Tecnomatix), Servotronics, and FeelIt; industrial companies Keter Plastic, Gaash Lighting, MDC Industries, and BDO OpEx; and researchers from the Technion, Tel-Aviv and Ben-Gurion Universities.
The ART Consortium is intended to support the manufacturing industry in manual assembly processes of Linear Deformable Objects, such as electrical wiring, flexible pipes and gaskets. The technology being developed is targeted to solve the current assembly issues associated with low output and quality. The technology would be generic and introduce a robotic version of human intuition enabling various types of activities. It will deal with manual assembly of flexible components characterized with high uncertainty.
This work coincides with the global trend of manufacturing robotics applications expected to grow from $38B (2016) to $71B (2023) at 10% CAGR. The most significant growth is expected in the traditional manufacturing industry, which is focused by the consortium.
One of the main target markets aimed by the consortium is electrical boards, where wiring is performed manually even in the most advanced factories. In the Israeli local market there are about nearly plants that manufacture electrical boards. The global market of Electrical Distribution Panels includes two segments: boards for commercial, industrial and residence usage of up to 600V AC, and boards for industrial equipment usage combing up to 600V AV and up to 50V DC. The global market size was $98B (2018) and will grow to $126B (2028) at 6.9% CAGR.
An additional relevant market is LED lighting that reached $70B at 2019. LED light panels segment is smaller than the total market, and in Israel the manufacturing is mostly done in Gaash Lighting plant.
As the first phase of the Robotics Consortium was just completed, and towards its second phase, a virtual meeting will be held on April 20th, 2021 where the progress made by the consortium will be presented and demonstrations of LED light panel robotic wiring and gaskets robotic assembly solutions will be shown.
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