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Robot Usage is Soaring During Pandemic


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An autonomous floor-scrubbing robot.

The uptick in robotics usage seems widespread, but is nowhere as apparent as with cleaning robots.

Credit: Brain Corp.

As Q2 data begins to emerge, we're seeing a notable uptick in robotics usage. The trend seems widespread but is nowhere as apparent as with cleaning robots, which have become vital tools in a number of sectors during the pandemic.

The pandemic has created ideal conditions for automation adoption. The robotics sector in general has been maturing with a number of sectors like logistics, retail, delivery, and inspection already partially automated. Longterm plans to move toward fuller automation stacks have been easy to fast track thanks to a new focus on sanitation and wariness among consumers of unnecessary contact and handling in the supply chain. Temporary operations slowdowns and shutdowns have also provided a window for companies to retool their operations. 

"As companies reconfigure their workplaces and factories," The Financial Times recently reported, "those with the necessary financial resources are likely to go ahead with long-planned investment into new machinery and more automated ways of working."

 

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