How Industrial Robotics Get the Job Done
The term industrial robotics can bring to mind myriad images: From machines manufacturing automobiles to humanoid characters from science fiction. Even when narrowed down to the realm of industrial automation, there are many types of robots; articulated arm, delta, SCARA, Cartesian. These are all terms for machines made of joints and links arranged in different combinations and driven by motors.
These motors are controlled by a programmable device to automate tasks that are either too boring, repetitive, or dangerous to be done by humans. Or sometimes the robot is simply able to do the job better, faster, more accurately or more reliably than a human. In either case, they are automating tasks and freeing up their human overlords for more important things. Industrial robots can be used for welding, painting, palletizing, dispensing, assembly, part storage and retrieval and many other applications.
Industrial Robotic Safety
Industrial robots usually are mounted behind guards and fences to keep their areas clear of things like forklifts that might damage them. And to keep people out of their range of motion to ensure safety. There is a new category of robots, collaborative robots, that incorporate features like force sensors, padded arms, and bigger gaps at the joints to eliminate pinch points.
These features allow collaborative robots to be place in a workflow directly alongside humans without fear of injury. They can usually be programmed by guiding them by hand to a desired location, pressing a button to record the position, and then moving them to the next locations. These inherently safe, simple to operate collaborative robots like Rethink Robotics are opening up a whole new level of applications and continuing to drive the growth of the robot market. Innovative-IDM can help you decide if collaborative industrial robotics can help your plant. Call us. We can help.