In fact, per Industry Week’s 2020 Technology Survey, robotics continue to be a primary area of interest for manufacturers. Robotics across industries all have one thing in common: precision connectivity products. As industry disruptors continue to look for ways to reduce costs and increase productivity via robotics, companies like Positronic have a unique role to play in manufacturing agile connectors.
Read on to find out more about how connectors will fuel the rise of robotics in the workforce.
How Connectors Will Fuel the Rise of Robotics in the Workforce
Connectors and Robotics: The Basics
First, let’s explore the types of connectors currently serving robotics manufacturers. Connector types will obviously vary between robotics use cases; for example, USB, Ethernet, and D-subminiature connectors are used in terminal devices. I/O connectors are also used to deliver signal and power to various robotic functions. Either way, connectors need to assist with robotic flexibility, range of motion, speed, and, perhaps most importantly, precision. Industry resource Electronic Design explains it thusly: “For robots to operate in these complex ways, they must be able to collect and process a great deal of sensing data in hostile electrical and physical industrial environments. The task ahead is to identify and use highly reliable connectors for this industrial challenge.”
Boosting Connector Capabilities
Whether robotics manufacturers are serving high-pressure industries like defense or customer-facing industries like food delivery, they need compact, flexible, and lightweight connectors. In high-pressure circumstances, these connectors also need to pack a major power punch. In military, medical, and industrial settings, connectors need more power than ever before, with lightweight design being an absolute must for circumstances like those involving aerial drones. Essentially, the faster that connector manufacturers can produce a product that meets these specific circumstances, the faster industry innovators can use robotics to take the workforce to new heights.
The demand for robotic technologies grows every day, which means manufacturers have to work extremely quickly. For maximum manufacturing speed, standard connectors can be an excellent option. However, while standard connectors may work in some applications, many robotics innovators require a unique design. One thing that sets Positronic apart in the connector industry is our ability to offer custom connectors at low volume. The term “custom connectors” can apply to a basic connector modification, but it also includes clean-sheet designs completed for a unique end-user application. Although Positronic boasts a large catalog of standard products, our customized solutions are available to serve each organization’s unique needs.