Robots and other programmable industrial machines are the backbone of the manufacturing industry. Without them, the large-scale and fast-paced production that our modern economy depends on would simply be impossible. Critical sectors — from automotive and avionics to pharmaceuticals and food production — are reliant on these machines for the precise and efficient actions that they are capable of.
However, as much as modern manufacturing is dependent on them, these machines themselves rely on legacy technology designed decades ago. Although created in the relatively distant past, the technology that drives them is still very much in use today. Their various makers also built custom, proprietary programming languages and unique ecosystems for their respective machines.
Source: Trend Micro