The future of the semiconductor industry lies in the metallic fingers of interconnected robots—literally.
The conclusion is based on the report Global Robotics Market in Semiconductor Industry 2017-2021 (Paywall) by Research and Markets.
The report noted interconnected robots offer more flexibility regarding vision, movement, installation, programming, software updates and multiple application uses. The robots' high reachability and integrated vision technology will help semiconductor manufacturers with the minute processes involved and automate manufacturing.
Also, the report noted that small and precise robots would even play a more significant role in the semiconductor industry. Meanwhile, thinking robots using reinforcement learning will also get on the manufacturing floor.
One of the significant factors for this shift toward robotic industrial automation is cost efficiency. Industrial robots allow manufacturers to become more flexible and will be preferred over traditional fixed automated machines. Already, many manufacturers are employing interconnected robots in chip assembly, the report noted.
At the same time, robots beginning to offer a better investment opportunity. Manufacturers do not have to worry about the health and safety of their employees as well as hiring costs and risks. Robots represent a one-time investment and can be re-trained for other jobs quickly.
According to the report, the global robotics market in the semiconductor industry will grow at a CAGR of 7.69% during the period 2017-2021.