Industrial applications present such a wide range of needs with an even wider range of solutions. Industrial robot manufacturers have designed and developed a variety of industrial robot arms to automate manufacturing applications. The six-axis robot arm is the most commonly integrated industrial robot on the market today.
Axes as a Differentiator
One major differentiator in the industrial robot world is number of axes. Some applications, such as palletizing, often require a robot arm with fewer axes, such as the FANUC M-410 arm. In other industrial applications, such as assembly, it might be advantageous to use an industrial robot with up to 15 axes, such as the Motoman SDA20D robot. For many industrial tasks, however, the standard six-axis robot arm provides optimal strength, flexibility, and reach to complete the desired task.
The Flexible Six-Axis Robot Arm
Most industrial robot arms that are seen in today’s manufacturing environments are composed of six-axes. Through several generations of industrial robot designs, the six-axis design has come to provide the most flexibility, while preserving the repeatability and strength required in industrial settings.
One robot axis is equivalent to one degree of freedom. Each axis, or degree of freedom, is responsible for moving the entire robot arm to the programmed point. Six axes allow a robot arm to move in the x, y, and z planes, as well as position itself using roll, pitch, and yaw movements. Two popular industrial robot manufacturers, FANUC and Motoman, have designed and developed six-axis industrial robot arms both large and small to handle industrial applications that require robot arms with extremely high maximum payload capacities, as well as applications that require a compact robot arm.
One of the most common industrial applications in manufacturing today is spot welding. Robot arms like Motoman’s ES165D or FANUC’s R-2000iA/165F are designed to handle large end-of-arm-tooling and reach spaces that might be hard for a human worker to reach. Large spot welding guns can be cumbersome and hard to handle for a human welder, especially if the welder needs to hold it in an awkward position for an extended time. The flexibility of a six-axis robot allows the weld point to be reached with ease.
When it comes to flexibility, payload capacities, and quality, the six-axis robot arm cannot be beat. To start the process of automating an industrial application with a six-axis robot arm, contact RobotWorx at 740-251-4312.