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16 industry experts on the impact of robotics in manufacturing

Panel of industry experts discusses the impact of robotics on manufacturing and how technology keeps affecting robots

By Mike Bacidore, editor in chief

Robotics and related services are changing industry worldwide. Spending has proliferated and will top $135 billion by 2019, according to research firm IDC, which measured the 2015 market at $71 billion in its Worldwide Commercial Robotics Spending Guide. Discrete manufacturing represents more than one-third of the spending on robotic systems, system hardware, software, robotics-related services and after-market robotics hardware.

"Robotics as a technology has really reached its tipping point," says John Santagate, research manager, supply chain at IDC Manufacturing Insights. "Robotic capabilities continue to expand while increasing investment in robot development is driving competition and helping to bring down the costs associated with robots.”

Roughly two-thirds of the spending is in the Asia/Pacific region, while Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) notched expenditures of almost $15 billion in 2015, and the Americas spent almost $10 billion. Robotics spending will nearly double in Asia/Pacific over the 2015-2019 forecast period, making it the fastest growing region followed by the Americas, according to the IDC report.

With robotics playing such a pivotal role in the future of discrete manufacturing, we asked a seasoned panel of industry for their insights and predictions on the role of robots.

Meet the panel

Dave Arens

David Arens is senior automation instructor, certified TUV functional safety engineer, at Bosch Rexroth Drives and Controls Division.

Alex Bonaire

Alex Bonaire is robot product manager at Mitsubishi Electric Automation.


Melanie Cavalieri is product manager at Kollmorgen.

Carole Franklin Carole Franklin is director of standards development at Robotic Industries Association.


Mike Hannah Mike Hannah is market development lead for The Connected Enterprise at Rockwell Automation.
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Allan Hottovy is business development manager at Telemecanique Sensors.

John Keinath

John Keinath is applications engineer at Sick.

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Scott Mabie is general manager, Americas Division, at Universal Robots.

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Henry Menke is marketing manager, object detection and position sensing, at Balluff.

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Roberta Nelson Shea is global marketing manager for safety components at Rockwell Automation.

Garrett Place

Garrett Place is product manager, imaging technologies, at ifm efector.

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Shishir Rege is marketing manager, industrial networking, at Balluff.

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Corey Ryan is manager—medical robotics, North America, at KUKA Robotics.

George Schuster

George Schuster is senior industry consultant for safety at Rockwell Automation.

Chris Soranno Chris Soranno is safety application specialist at Sick.
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Craig Souser is president of JLS Automation, a robotic packaging company in York, Pennsylvania.



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