India is discussing Robotics and it is timely, as the country strives to be a smart nation by taking on robotics in a big commercial way, where people are empowered by innovation and technology to live meaningfully and support not only to better economy but also to create more opportunities for all, according to Dr D N Badodkar, Head, Division of Remote Handling & Robotics, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre.

Dr Badodkar, who was speaking at the Robotics Summit 2017 today in New Delhi, organized by Confederation of Indian Industries, underscored the need for innovative research, talent, dynamic and goal-oriented practitioners of robotics and automation technology to solve challenging real-world problems. Also, compliance with the industrial systems for an ageing society and creating sustainable economic environment are the key.

Satish Sadasivan, Managing Director, SCHUNK Intec India Pvt Ltd, shared a prospective picture of robotics for the manufacturing industry, which has higher density of robots so far in countries like Korea, Singapore, Germany and Japan. With an average growth rate of 15%, the robot units sold worldwide in 2016 are 294000, out of which 65% are sold in Asia region only. Setting for a global selling mark of 521000 units by the year 2020, Mr Sadasivan said, the need further to increase the demand in the manufacturing sector is to reach out to various areas of applications including textiles, healthcare, security and more.

Rishi Mohan Bhatnagar, President, Aeris Communications India Pvt Ltd, presented the Robotics scenario integrated with IoT and how it has reached to a global new level by providing citizenship status to the robots with the introduction of the first Robotic citizen, Sophia. He further expressed optimism around the USD40 bn world-wide Robotics market in 2015 to be doubling in the next five years, with the changing nature and related work in the manufacturing industry. Bringing all stakeholders together will be the key to success, he added.

Robotics will change the paradigm of manufacturing initiatives and industry 4.0 by bringing in more efficient productive processes, new marketing and business models and increased connectivity, said Dr Chandan Chowdhury, Associate Dean and Professor, India School of Business. The need is to map the complete value chain and engage robots intelligently in many new areas.

Nishant Arya, Chairman, CII Haryana State Council and Executive Director, JBM Group shared how the evolving Robotics ecosystem has enabled all competing in a global space and how integral it is to all the flagship government initiatives, be it Make in India, Digital India or Skill India. ‘We need to relook at how we are using next generation technology for manufacturing and how it should take care of Total Cost of Ownership of it’, he further added. He expressed hopes to take the technology to other levels, even beyond Sophia, and the summit being one of its kinds will subsequently institutionalize the Robotics technology.

The Summit, alongside some key industry and academia discussion forums around the applications and benefits of Industrial automation and Robotics and creating an Enabling Ecosystem, also showcased some of the most cutting edge technologies! Revolving around the world's major areas of Robotic research and application, and innovation and development in an intelligent society, the Robotics Summit offered a venue for thoughts to be exchanged at high levels and the latest achievements be demonstrated, build a platform further to help promote collaborations and innovations ahead.



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