There are more now more robots per employee in manufacturing than there were four years ago, according to new International Federation of Robotics data. The increase highlights how AI-driven automation and robotics are picking up across developed countries worldwide, with South Korea leading the way.
- There are now 113 industrial robots for every 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry, up from 74 robots in 2016.
- South Korea has the most at 855 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees, as of 2019. By region, Asia has the highest robot density at 118 per 10,000 workers compared to 114 for Europe and 103 for the Americas.
- Robots in manufacturing can perform different tasks, like moving large payloads, welding, handling raw materials, and packing shipments. This is done through a variety of sensors, plug and play features, movements features like wheels, and machine learning to analyze patterns and learn from them.