China’s robot industry bolts forward

From cutting-edge biomimetic robots to medical robots to agricultural robots which can pick fruits — more than 500 sets of robots have shown up at the World Robot Conference 2022 (WRC 2022) which has brought visitors closer to what life will be like in the future.

The four-day event, with more than 130 robot enterprises and scientific and research institutions in attendance, kicked off on Thursday in Beijing, with over 30 of the 500 sets of robots making their world debut.

Research and development, manufacturing and application of robots have been used as indicators to gauge a country’s scientific and technological innovation and high-end manufacturing level. In China, the robot industry has been developing extremely quickly, injecting strong impetus into the country’s economic and social development.

Promoting innovation

In the exhibition hall, a large robot, also making its debut, has caught the interest of many of the visitors. The robot is an industrial cleaning robot designed to enhance safety, increase productivity, as well as alleviate pressure on the, at times overworked, cleaners.

“In some factories, there are many devices already in operation. Manual cleaning can interfere with the normal operation of the factory, or even worse, suspend production,” said Zhang Lei, technical director at the Siasun Robot and Automation Co., Ltd., based in Shenyang, northeast China’s Liaoning Province.

“With the large industrial cleaning robot being used, a vast improvement in both production safety and cleaning efficiency can be seen. The robot can be applied at unmanned intelligent factories and workshops of the new energy battery,” Zhang added.

“The upgrading robot technologies continue to cultivate new products, while each application scenario gives rise to a particular robot market, further stimulating the research and development (R&D),” noted Liang Liang, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Institute of Electronics.

A quadruped walking robot that weighs over 30 kg, and is able to jump about 1.2 meters high, also amazed the audience at the WRC 2022.