Skip Navigation
BlackBerry Blog

Precision in Production: Unleashing Robotic Potential with Real-Time Operating Systems

In manufacturing — where precision is paramount — the role of robotics in shaping efficient assembly lines, welding processes, and material handling cannot be overstated. The demand for precise synchronization in these operations is key; any deviation can lead to misalignments, defective products, and decreased overall throughput. Particularly critical in automotive assembly, even the slightest jitter or latency issues can disrupt the seamless integration of components, resulting in quality control complications and increased production costs.

Embedded software addresses these challenges as high-performance, hard real-time operating systems emerge. They are designed for a spectrum of applications from robotic arms to autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to drones. These systems must address present needs and align with Industry 5.0's trajectory, which is built upon an even greater collaboration between humans and robots than we see today.

Manufacturing Challenge: The High-Stakes Precision Struggle

The critical demand for precision in production creates formidable challenges, particularly when it comes to high-speed robotic movements. Systems and devices requiring microprocessors with memory management units, such as robot manipulators, land and aerial drones, and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) require hard real-time operating systems to facilitate seamless kernel execution across multiple cores. This provides the performance needed for safety-critical systems, particularly in advanced robotics and industrial controls.

The issue of jitter, defined by unpredictable timing variations, looms as a substantial threat to the meticulous accuracy required in these operations. This concern is amplified in scenarios where milliseconds wield immense significance, as observed in the intricacies of automotive assembly lines.

The repercussions of heightened jitter extend beyond mere inconveniences: They manifest as misaligned components and the creation of defective products, both of which contribute to a palpable decline in overall operational efficiency. As industries strive for heightened productivity, the precise calibration of robotic movements emerges as a keystone that necessitates a strategic approach to address the intricacies of timing variations and safeguard the delicate orchestration of high-speed operations.

Manufacturing Solution: Real-Time Operating Systems as a Precision Compass

Maximizing the performance of robotic systems, particularly in the face of high-speed movements, requires a strategic ally in the form of real-time operating systems (RTOS). Precision becomes a guiding compass for unparalleled efficiency.

Enhanced System Throughput
RTOS optimizes the overall performance of robotic systems by finely tuning task scheduling and execution. This meticulous orchestration ensures that critical operations take precedence, resulting in increased throughput and heightened production rates.

Optimized Processor Utilization
At the core of RTOS lies the ability to minimize processor utilization. By efficiently managing tasks and system resources, RTOS guarantees judicious use of processing power to prevent unnecessary delays and bottlenecks. This not only boosts overall robotic system efficiency but also yields significant cost savings by maximizing available processing power.

Power-Safe Recovery
Introducing resilient power-safe recovery mechanisms, RTOS enables robotic systems to gracefully handle unexpected events or faults. In case of a failure, the system can recover seamlessly without compromising precision. This minimizes downtime and helps ensure uninterrupted operation. This resilience is crucial to maintain a consistent level of precision in production processes.

Fast Boot Capabilities
The fast boot capabilities of RTOS significantly reduce the start-up time of robotic systems. This is particularly beneficial in scenarios where rapid deployment and initiation of operations are critical. With minimized start-up times, manufacturers can enhance the agility of their production processes to respond promptly to market demands while maintaining the desired level of precision.

Energy Consumption Optimization
RTOS contributes to energy efficiency by managing power consumption intelligently. Through optimized task scheduling and resource allocation, RTOS helps ensure that energy is utilized efficiently, reducing overall power consumption. This both aids in achieving sustainability goals and contributes to cost savings.


In the pursuit of precision in production, the choice of a real-time operating system emerges as an imperative. Its ability to elevate system throughput, minimize processor utilization, deploy power-safe recovery, reduce start-up time, and optimize energy consumption aligns seamlessly with the demands of high-speed robotic movements. As industries strive for enhanced efficiency, reduced costs, and impeccable precision, integrating an RTOS into robotic systems becomes a requisite step.  

In the intricate balance of precision and efficiency within robotic systems, QNX® Software Development Platform (SDP) 8.0 emerges as the orchestrator of unparalleled solutions. It delivers enhanced efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and unwavering precision.  

Its future-ready architecture, perfectly suited for the nuances of high-speed robotic movements, positions it as a key to unlocking the full potential of manufacturing processes.  

BlackBerry® QNX® software solutions — including the SDP, RTOS, and Hypervisor — accommodate higher-compute applications. As Industry 5.0 unfolds, the integration of robotics and the human workforce becomes vital. BlackBerry QNX's robust OS helps provide fault tolerance, fail-safe deployment, and the hard real-time performance crucial for manufacturing applications where safety and reliability are paramount.

For similar articles and news delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to the BlackBerry Blog

Winston Leung

About Winston Leung

Winston Leung is Senior Product Marketing Manager at BlackBerry QNX.