The Rise in the Use of Robots Increases Need for Mechatronic & Robotics Engineers
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By 2022, an operational stock of almost 4 million industrial robots are expected to work in factories worldwide. These robots will play a vital role in automating production to speed up the post-Corona economy. At the same time, robots are driving demand for skilled workers. Educational systems must effectively adjust to this demand.
The World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report found 2.7 million robots already working across the world. Sales of new robots remain high with 373,000 units shipped globally in 2019, a drop of 12% from the previous year – but still the third highest volume ever recorded.
The strategic plan Made in China 2025 comes as a blueprint to upgrade the manufacturing capabilities of Chinese industries. In order to promote the rapid development of intelligent robot technology, the key special projects of “Intelligent Robots” are being deployed in accordance with the requirements of the “Innovation Chain”. The focus is on basic cutting-edge technologies of intelligent robots, new-generation robots, key common technologies, industrial robots, service robots and special robots. The development objectives aim to generate continuous growth of the industrial scale. China wants to cultivate at least three leading enterprises with international competitiveness and create more than five clusters of robot-supporting industries. The statistical yearbook “World Robotics” by IFR shows that China reached a robot density of 187 units per 10,000 workers in the manufacturing industry – the country ranks 15th worldwide.
Most students don’t realise that they should take into account the future job demand for the course that they choose and also how technology has affected the nature of the work. After all, isn’t that the main point when you graduate you want to get a job easily? In addition, many jobs and job functions are being replaced by technology and automation. The face of manufacturing and mechanical engineering has changed tremendously and a new field of engineering has emerged because of this – Mechatronic Engineering. Mechatronic Engineers will work with industrial robots hence this article will be relevant to you.
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Number of Industrial Robots Globally Increases Job Opportunities for Mechatronic Engineering & Robotics Graduates
“Governments and companies around the globe now need to focus on providing the right skills necessary to work with robots and intelligent automation systems,” says Milton Guerry, President of the International Federation of Robotics. “This is important to take maximum advantage of the opportunities that these technologies offer. The post-Corona recovery will further accelerate the deployment of robotics. Policies and strategies are important to help workforces make the transition to a more automated economy.”
We must already start way earlier – curricula for schools and undergraduate education need to match the demand of the industry for the workforce of the future. Demand for technical and digital skills is increasing, but equally important are cognitive skills like problem-solving and critical thinking,” says Dr. Susanne Bieller, IFR´s General Secretary. “Economies must embrace automation and build the skills required to profit – otherwise they will be at a competitive disadvantage.”
China has more industrial robots than next four countries put together, according to a new report.
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that China, Japan, and the United States cumulatively control about 58.71 percent of the global industrial robot installations.
As of September 2020, there were 381,000 units of industrial robots globally.
The coronavirus pandemic has been seen to spur industrial robots market.
Based from the data, China accounts for the largest share at 140,500 units, followed by Japan at 49,900 units.
The US is third with 33,300 installed units. South Korea has the fourth-highest installation at 27,900 units while Germany closes the fifth spot with 20,500 million installations.
The Czech Republic has the least industrial robot installation at 2,600.
Several factors are contributing to the growth if the industrial robot market installation. According to the research report:
“The industrial robot market is also expected to grow following the unprecedented situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the course of the crisis, many factories had to protect their employees by shutting down some production plants.
The pandemic creates a potential market for the industry as it is part of preparing for any similar pandemic in the future.”
The research also overviewed the annual installation of industrial robots worldwide between 2009 and 2019. Over the 10 years, the installation grew by 535 percent.
In 2009, the figure stood at 60,000 while last year the number was 381,000. By 2010, the number had doubled to 121,000.
Notably, in 2018, the installation stood at 422,000 before dropping by 9.7 percent to 381,000 in 2019. The drop was the first in seven years.