128 . Exploratory Workshop on the Social Impacts of Robotics
Mitchell Hutchins Inc.
As users became more sophisticated, they assumed greater responsibility
for the integration of the indicated base of
the product grew.
The robot industry appears to be developing along the same lines.
(subsidiary of Condec)
Milacron, dominate the five times larger than
industry with an estimated the nearest competitor
Robot Sales by Manufacturer
DeVilbiss (Champion Spark Plug)
ASEA (U.S. Operation)
Unimation Cincinnati Milacron (Condec)
Sales Millions $ 40.0 30.0
6.0 4.5 0.7 0.7 0.4 1.2 100.0
PRAB AutoPlace Nordson Mobot Automatix Other
Purchasers during the early marketing stages worked with the robot supplier in order to inte- grate robots into the manufacturing process and occasionally outside consultants were used be- cause of the lack of support available for the process.
Over the past several years, U.S. manufacturers have shown increasing interest in the concept of families of parts for greater manufacturing efficiency. This has heightened the interest of Us. companies in flexible manufacturing systems and manufacturing cells with the primary goal of generating a high level of production of a wide range of family components with the flexibility to change, a capability previously available only with a sharp reduction of output. This change in the manufacturing concept has refocused the efforts of robot manufacturers
toward the growing areas of applications and Inc. and Robogate Systems Inc. , were founded robots into flexible manufacturing systems.
new “companies such
as Automatix, integrating
% of Robots Purchased by Users with Assistance of Outside Independent Consultants Doing Systems Engineering
% of Robots Procured as a Turnkey Packaqe with One-Source Layout, Robot Supply and Installation
Purchaser Procures on Individual Basis; Purchaser Assumes Responsibility for Layout and Inteqration with Installation Done by Equipment Manufacturer
The likely evolution of these developments can probably be illustrated by the responses of U.S. manufacturers to the 1981 SME Delphi Forecast for Robotics (Table 12). In essence, the purchasers of robots will continue to make use of independent consultants, but also will turn more and more to turnkey system suppliers during the 1980s.
Table 12: for Robot
Users Will Seek More Help Integration (Median Estimate)