The use of these two sister-technologies has made it possible to do work cheaply and efficiently. However, many people still fail to understand the difference between robotics and automation due to the thin line separating how they work. Even though the near similarity of the two technologies, differences can be drawn based on how each technology works.
Robotics Versus Automation
According to Ford (2016), robotics differs from automation based on the number of operations. For instance, robots can perform several sets of operations at once while automation only focuses on a single set of operation at any given time. Colvin (2015) argues that robotics technology is superior to automation in that a set of operations can be switched and reprogrammed under robotics while automation does not allow a programmed operation to be altered even in the occurrence of a fatal …show more content…
Automation has failed to accommodate intelligence in programming compared to robotics, which has a high affinity for intelligence collection and is able to learn from past mistakes after a substantial exposure. Robots can fix various problems that they are familiar with, or have encountered before, without having to continue with the same operation when an error occurs. The use of robotics has saved many companies from huge financial losses, unlike automation, which are rigid and does not have the ability to change the sequence when exposed to external stimuli.
The last contrast between robotics and automation originates from operation speed. Robotics perform multiple operations at a high speed. On the other hand, automation performs a programmed operation at a relatively slow speed. Unlike robotics where highly complex programming is permitted, automation only works with simple programming (Graetz and Michaels, 2015).
The above differences between automation and robotics indicate why the manufacturing sector employs the use of the two technologies to enhance competitiveness. More often, the two technologies work together to complete a set of operations. It is, therefore, normal to find an automated process fused with robotics and a robotics operation with a set of automated