Innovation Leads Domestic Robots to Improve Quality and Efficiency

The just concluded World Robot Congress in 2019 shows us all kinds of robots that are penetrating deeply into all fields of production and life.
From the traditional “porter” and “assembler” to the dexterous “surgeon” and clever “experimental operator”, robots are rapidly extending from the traditional application fields such as handling and assembly to more intelligent and refined advanced manufacturing, medical health, life services and other fields.
On the world stage, a new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation is reconstructing the global innovation landscape and economic structure, and robots have been standing behind the scenes in the spotlight.
Opportunities and challenges coexist
According to market data, these years are the golden period of robotic development.
According to the China Robot Industry Development Report (2019) issued by the China Electronics Society, the global robot market is expected to reach 29.41 billion US dollars in 2019, with an average growth rate of 12.3% from 2014 to 2019. Among them, $15.92 billion for industrial robots, $9.46 billion for service robots and $4.03 billion for special robots.
The largest piece of this growing cake is in China. Since 2013, China has become the world’s largest industrial robot market, which has lasted for six years.
“With the rapid development of global robots, China’s robotics industry has also made considerable progress. In 2018, the output of industrial robots in China reached 148,000 sets, accounting for more than 38% of global output. Miao Wei, Minister of Industry and Information Technology, said.
According to the latest data in the first half of this year, China is still the first country. According to statistics, the global robot market reached 14.4 billion US dollars in the first half of 2019, while the Chinese robot market was 4.25 billion US dollars. Huai Jinpeng, Secretary of the Party Group of the Chinese Association of Science and Technology, revealed at the World Robot Conference.
Does this mean that China can rest easy? Not at all.
In 2018, the global robotics industry was in turmoil, with market growth of only 1%. The growth rate in previous years has been double-digit. This year, although China’s robot market is still the first in the world, its overall share has dropped by 3.7 percentage points.
“Since the second half of 2018, China’s industrial robot production has slowed down year-on-year, due to various reasons. For example, the deterioration of the international trade environment, the increasing downward pressure of the global economy, and the slump in the development of major application industries such as automobiles and electronics. However, from a deep-seated point of view, the robot industry has entered a deep adjustment stage, expanding new application areas, improving quality and efficiency has become an urgent need for the healthy development of the industry. Xin Guobin, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, said.
Challenges always coexist with opportunities.
Qu Daokui, founder and President of Xinsong Robot Automation Co., Ltd., believes that turning point appears for the first time after years of growth, which may be the “cold spring” of the robot market, but “cold spring” may also bring opportunities for later generations to overtake in the curve.
This judgment is also supported by data.
In 2018, China’s industrial robots market sold 135,000 units, down 3.75% year-on-year. For the first time, the market sales fell year-on-year. But among them, self-brand robots sold 436,000 units, up 16.2% year-on-year, accounting for 32.2% of total market sales, an increase of 5.5 percentage points over the previous year.
Rapid Development in Blending
In the research frontier of robotics technology, a large number of disciplines are intermingled to promote and develop rapidly. Various technological innovations have been launched around human-computer cooperation, artificial intelligence and bionic structure.
“Significant changes are taking place in the scope and dimensions of robotics. Robot technology is rapidly expanding to all aspects of human life and actively responding to new challenges. Osama Kadi, chairman of the International Robotics Research Foundation, believes that robotics knowledge system involves different research fields and applied disciplines, and also shows us a broader range of applications.
How did China perform in this innovative feast?
In the field of industrial robots, the process of localization of core components is accelerating again, and the application field is expanding rapidly to more sub-industries.
Domestic manufacturers have overcome some of the difficulties in the field of reducer, servo control, servo motor and other key core components. The trend of localization of core components is gradually emerging: Qinchuan robot joint reducer realizes mass production and sales, and the products are successfully sold to nearly 200 domestic and foreign robot manufacturers; Shenzhen Dazu Laser Co., Ltd. The developed harmonic reducer can realize customized production with the same precision as the international brands.
The application of domestic robots is rapidly expanding to plastic, rubber, food, environmental protection and other sub-industries. Based on the prototype of a space manipulator capable of automatically removing space garbage, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology launched the first domestic robot in the field of environmental sanitation garbage sorting, with a sorting rate of 93% and an efficiency eight times that of traditional manual sorting.
In the field of service robots, China has performed even better and has been running alongside the first international echelon.
China’s technological innovation in the field of artificial intelligence is accelerating, and the number of patent applications is in the same order of magnitude as that in the United States. Especially, the number of patents in the application layer such as computer vision and intelligent voice is growing rapidly, resulting in a number of innovative and entrepreneurial enterprises. For example, Wukong Robot released by Youbi Xuan integrates artificial intelligence technology, which can achieve age estimation and object recognition. After human posture monitoring, it can also reconstruct posture in 3D and imitate human action.
Our country has also carried out extensive research in the application fields of robots such as medical treatment, cooking, logistics and so on. Beijing Jishuitan Hospital uses 5G technology and remotely operates two sets at the same time.“

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