Robots first emerged on the scene in the 1970s and 80s. The initial uses of robots in production often were not very efficient. As robots and control system technologies improved, robotic workstations became a standard component of automotive production (52 percent of robot installations in the US). They have since moved into other applications including filling, packaging, palletizing, and loading.
According to recent studies, small- and medium-sized companies are 20 to 200 times less likely to use robotics than larger manufacturing companies in similar industries. However, that may be changing with the advent of less expensive and safer robots.