by AJ Robotics.
Robotics in Manufacturing is developing new concepts and solutions for robotic systems and manufacturing technologies to work more seamlessly together.
What are Robots Actually Doing?
Any repetitive task is a given for robotic manufacturing, especially if it’s difficult or dangerous for a human, or takes place in a hostile environment. Moreover, adding force sensing and vision systems will allow a robot to adapt to changes in part position or orientation, increasing flexibility and versatility. Good jobs for robots include:
Robotics in Manufacturing can include:
- Robots used in manufacturing create efficiencies all the way from raw material handling to finished product packing.
- Robots can be programmed to operate 24/7 in lights-out situations for continuous production.
- Robotic equipment is highly flexible and can be customised to perform even complex functions.
- With robotics in greater use today than ever, manufacturers increasingly need to embrace automation to stay competitive.
- Automation can be highly cost-effective for nearly every size of the company, including small shops.
- When companies can’t compete, jobs are sent abroad.
- Robots in manufacturing help to create jobs by restoring more manufacturing work.
- Robots protect workers from repetitive, mundane and dangerous tasks, while also creating more desirable jobs, like engineering, programming, management and equipment maintenance.
- Robots free up manpower to let companies maximise workers’ skills in other areas of the business.
- Today’s labor market includes fewer skilled manufacturing workers due to decades of offshoring, and robots eliminate the shortfall.
Moving quickly and accurately, robots handle parts too small for human eyes and fingers and never make mistakes. That’s one reason growing numbers of products are designed for robotic assembly from the outset.
Vision technology is fast becoming standard, reducing the need for expensive fixturing and tooling, and force sensing let a robot adapt when an assembly problem is encountered.
Every manufacturer can benefit from putting robots to work.