Robots at Work: Industries Sporting the Most Tech Today

More companies today are using robots for complicated tasks than ever before. Robots are beneficial to both companies and consumers with how quickly and efficiently they can complete work. Companies can save money and ship finished products out faster. Customers do not have to wait several weeks for an important item and will always get quality products. Robots are assisting customers and patients in the healthcare, retail, and the food service industry.

Here is a look at some of the top industries using robotics today.

Robots in the Retail Industry

For the last few decades, retailers have used robots in their storage rooms. In the 21st century, retailers are more focused on robots in their customer service. These robots can roam the aisles and search for inventory. Some robots have a touch-screen menu, and they can also lead customers to their selected items. Others are simple cleaning robots that work to keep stores neat and clean.

Robots in the Medical Industry

In healthcare, tiny robots are being used to remove plaque from clogged arteries and work in tools surgeons use for more precision. Robots can be injected into the human body. Tiny robots can help doctors perform surgeries. The free-roaming robots use external electromagnetic coils. Robotic pills use a similar technology. The pills have a magnet, wireless chip, and a magnetic camera. The robots are also helping doctors detect diseases and other health issues. Currently, several robots can help patients walk, speak, and eat. The Vasteras Giraff can help senior citizens communicate with people outside of their home. The robot has a monitor, camera, and wheels.

Like all workers, medical professionals can get distracted when they are doing mundane tasks. Aethon TUG robots can transport linens, food, and medications. The robot can be used in elevators and corridors and can be attached to a hospital cart. The manufacturer claims that the robot can increase productivity in medical facilities.

Microscopic Robots

Recently, engineers and scientists have improved laboratory robotics. This services the healthcare, forensic, and legal fields. In addition, suppliers like Hudson Robotics have developed several robotics for laboratory efficiency. Everything from DNA normalization to colony picking robotics is used in labs to get more accurate results and to help their clients.

Robots in the Restaurant Industry

In all industries, workers can get fatigued from doing repetitive tasks. Fatigue can cause delays in the production schedules. The restaurant industry is using robots to alleviate fatigue in assembly line workers. The robots can handle the bin packing, tray loading, and the bottle packing. Robotic pallets can deliver the finished product to the storage facility’s shelves.

Engineers are constantly making improvements to robotic technology. In the near future, customer service robots will routinely assist customers in retail stores and restaurants. Robots can already assist doctors with surgeries, and engineers are anticipating the use of more robotic technology in operating rooms.

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"Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan."

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