While it may seem to many that robots are an invention of the 21st century, they’ve actually been keeping humans out of harm’s way in hazardous industries and performing precision-critical repetitive tasks for decades. In fact, it’s been exactly 60 years since the first industrial robot, the Unimate, was rolled out on a General Motors assembly line. Automating spot welding processes, the robot took over dangerous tasks that could result in harm to workers.

However, while industrial robots appear to have become more high tech since the Unimate, they still require an immense amount of manual integration, software configuration required for initial jobs, and re-configuration for new jobs; the lack of robotic orchestration and autonomy are challenges delaying industrial robotics from being used for everyday tasks.

Today, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, promises a fully autonomous, self-improving process of…

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