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How do they use robots in the automotive industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

Robots are extensively used throughout the automotive industry. Henry Ford might have invented the idea of mass production, but the humble robot is now picking up the gauntlet and accelerating hard (forgive the pun). 

Indeed, this industry, which is estimated to be worth some $238bn globally by 2021, can be viewed as a pioneer in the use of robots and they are nowadays an essential part of the production process. What is driving the market (forgive the pun again) is China, whose new plants are automated to an extremely high level. 

But North America is not far behind, with market figures showing that the automotive industry purchases over half of the industrial robots manufactured. It is worth bearing in mind that the automotive industry is a current state of flux as it copes with the rush to electric cars, which means that the use of automated kit and Internet of all Things technology will become even more widespread. 

As for the actual applications, robots are busy bunnies. Top of the list is welding, assembling, machine tending, inspection, pick & place, painting, sanding, grinding, testing and lifting.

Throughout the wider automotive industry infrastructure, robots are used for moving materials, internal logistics and testing.

So when you drive your car next, thank all the busy robots for doing their bit.