|Title||Industrial robotics in factory automation: From the early stage to the Internet of Things|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Conference||2017|
|Authors||Grau, A., M. Indri, L. Lo Bello, and T.. Sauter|
|Conference Name||43rd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON 2017)|
|Conference Location||Beijing, China|
Robotics is a surprisingly old discipline, and robots have shaped industry and the various industrial revolutions for many decades. This paper covers topics relevant to the IES Technical Committee on Factory Automation, focusing in particular on the evolution of industrial robotics. After providing a historical perspective on the topic, the paper addresses current and future trends, revealing the close link between the progress in industrial robotics and the parallel evolution of industrial communication systems, which represent an enabling technology for modern industrial robotics.