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The term “robot” originates in the Slavic word “robota”, in the sense of laborious work. In the technical sense, however, industrial robots are defined as distinct from other automation devices and working machines.
Some statitistical information from the IFR (International Federation of Robotics) such as robot volumes by application and regions.
The key to establishing if a robot system can be financially justified is to compare the output of the robot with the output of the manual process.