Robots play an important role in industrial production. Under Industry 4.0, they will take on even greater responsibility and become increasingly independent. Thanks to intelligent controls and software, they will be in a position to communicate directly with products and execute individual production steps flexibly and autonomously. The idea of taking robots into the retail arena is gaining ground, primarily when it comes to stock control and stocktaking. It also helps retailers address out-of-stock articles and in-store inconsistencies.
Intelligent robots can also be found working in medicine, the care sector and the hospitality industry, providing assistance in various surgical, care and service roles. Many of these robotic solutions combine mobility, connectivity, sensing and analytics. They have the potential to increase the order-handling capacity of retail and service businesses, although the ROI is uncertain to begin with.