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How to extend robot as a service to the whole factory

the concept of robot as a service (RAAS) is developing rapidly in the manufacturing industry. One of its latest supporters is the industrial robot company Ku. When the electric accelerator rotates, Ka will raise this idea to a new level

this German company was acquired by Midea, a Chinese consumer goods manufacturer, in 2016, and recently announced that it would launch a new smartfactory as a service plan. MHP is a consulting company of Porsche group, which specializes in automobile and manufacturing industry. It is also the representative of Munich reinsurance company, an insurance giant

a factory in a box

customers with this new on-demand service will obtain an automated robot factory based on KUKA technology; Help implement and integrate MHP; Risk management and financing services of Munich reinsurance company

the idea is that this service provides an opportunity for manufacturing enterprises (especially automobile manufacturers) to outsource capital intensive businesses and avoid early investment costs and unloading risks. Partners claim that smartfactory as a service can reduce the time to market of some manufactured products by 30%

our customers are facing the challenge of quickly and flexibly responding to market demand. Smartfactory as a service can achieve this, he said

he added that the sample blanks with MHP and Munich Re should be processed into samples with a thickness of 20mm to make the future business model closer. However, it is not so close: partners admit that it may take a few years before the real-time implementation of smartfactory as a service on the customer site can measure the uncertainty

robot rental

it is clear that KUKA is a very ambitious vision: renting one robot and another renting the whole factory is the same thing. However, at the same time, many companies are committed to more modest service-based industrial robotics methods

according to the May 2018 report of ABI research, robot as a service is an elastic concept, which means different things to different suppliers. But generally speaking, it is widely used to describe a business model based on leasing or leasing robots as a full-service, rather than requiring customers to pay in advance to own them

Rian Whitton, an analyst at ABI research, said that although the robot market continues to grow, the pressure on robot suppliers to maintain profit margins means that they want to expand market opportunities, not just sell robots as products

overall, ABI research estimates that the installed base of RAAS will increase from 4442 in 2016 to 1.3 million in 2026, and the annual revenue of RAAS providers is expected to increase from $217 million in 2016 to nearly $34billion in 2026

this will make the annual revenue of RAAS suppliers, including all service payments, greater than the shipping revenue of industrial robots, and currently occupy the largest share in the revenue of the robot industry, Whitton explained

An example of such a provider is fetch robotics in San Jose, California. Earlier this year, the company was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the 61 most promising technology pioneers, with the potential to shape the fourth industrial revolution. One of its main areas of concern is automated warehouse operations for retailers

according to Carl Showalter, chief operating officer of fetch, larger companies tend to buy robots in the traditional way, pay capital expenditure in advance, but then pay annual cloud service fees for predictive maintenance services, and so on. Smaller customers do not need to prepay any fees, but sign monthly fees per robot through fetch

another example is invia robotics in Los Angeles, California, which recently announced a financing of $20million and provided e-commerce order fulfillment companies such as Lotte super logistics (RSL) and warehouse based picking robots. Rakuten recently selected invia's goods to people service, which is a subscription based model

for RSL and our wide range of customers, invia robotics provides an exciting opportunity to use the RAAS model to expand demand, manage costs, and improve inventory accuracy in mechanical property experiments of metals, nonmetals, composites and products, explained Michael manzione, CEO of RSL

according to the data of ABI research, the installed base of RAAS between 2016 and 2025 is expected to reach a compound annual growth rate of 66%. It is expected that the markets with the highest absorption rate of RAAS will be logistics, manufacturing and hotel industry

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