Published on 24-Mar-2020

Top Trends in Robotics in 2024

Top Trends in Robotics in 2024

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Stepping into 2024, the global robotics industry is edging closer to the feat of installing 600,000 units annually worldwide.

This growth isn't just a statistic; it reflects the increasing relevance of robotics across various sectors. From manufacturing to healthcare, robotics is reshaping how we work and live.

The implementation of robotics in different industries is revolutionising operations, streamlining processes, encouraging collaboration, and embracing digitalisation, all to deliver substantial advantages and drive automation further. 

Key Drivers of Robotic Implementation in Industries

Simplification, collaboration, and digitalisation are essential factors driving the successful implementation of robotics across various industries. 

These drivers play a pivotal role in adapting to changing consumer trends, and diverse product demands, and overcoming challenges posed by trade barriers.


  • Programming and installation of robots become much easier. 
  • How this looks in practice: Digital sensors combined with smart software allow direct teaching methods, so-called “Programming by Demonstration”. 
  • The task that the robot arm is to perform is first executed by a human: He takes the robot arm and hand-guides it through the movements.
  • This data is then transformed by the software into the digital program of the robot arm. 
  • In the future, machine learning tools will further enable robots to learn by trial-and-error or by video demonstration and self-optimise their movements.


  • The range of collaborative applications offered by robot manufacturers continues to expand. 
  • Currently, shared workspace applications are the most common. Robots and workers operate alongside each other, completing tasks sequentially. 
  • Applications in which the human and the robot work at the same time on the same part are even more challenging. 
  • Research and Development (R&D) focuses on methods to enable robots to respond in real-time. Just like two human workers would collaborate, the R&D teams want them to adjust their motion to their environment, allowing for a true responsive collaboration. 
  • These solutions include voice, gesture, and recognition of intent from human motion. 
  • With the technology of today, human-robot collaboration has already a huge potential for companies of all sizes and sectors. Collaborative operations will complement investments in traditional industrial robots.


  • Industrial robots are the central components of digital and networked production as used in Industry 4.0. 
  • This makes it all the more important for them to be able to communicate with each other - regardless of the manufacturer. The “OPC Robotics Companion Specification”, which has been developed by a joint working group of the VDMA and the Open Platform Communications Foundation (OPC), defines a standardised generic interface for industrial robots and enables industrial robots to connect to the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). 
  • The digital connectivity of robots with e.g. cloud technology is also an enabler for new business models.
  • Robot leasing for example - called Robots-as-a-Service - has advantages that might be especially attractive for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): no committed capital, fixed costs, automatic upgrades, and no need for highly qualified robot operators.
  • Overall, these drivers enable companies to react to changing requirements and innovate in response to new consumer trends, demand for product variety, and challenges from trade barriers. 
  • They pave the way for more flexibility in production and contribute to the advancement of smart robotics and automation.

Top Trends in the Robotics Industry in 2024

The robotics industry in 2024 is experiencing significant advancements and trends. 

Here’s an overview of the top robotics trends of 2024:

Humanoid Robots: