Choosing the right robotic design

Sep 18, 2013

Your application depends on the correct robotic design for the increase of output for manufacturers. Many industrial robotic companies are helping to create perfect robots to help improve the speeds and productivity on production lines.


Robots are designed for a mul­ti­tude of pur­pos­es. Depend­ing on the spe­cif­ic pur­pose for which a robot will be used, the inher­ent design is essen­tial for prop­er function.

The robot­ics design process begins with defin­ing the prob­lem or the task for which the robot will be used. The spe­cif­ic require­ments and pur­pose of con­struc­tion must be addressed before a design can be cre­at­ed. Next, research occurs to iden­ti­fy details of the task and prac­ti­cal func­tions, like how the robot will move, manip­u­late objects, sense, and obtain intel­li­gence. A pro­to­type can be cre­at­ed at this point to test and trou­bleshoot the design. Then, robot con­struc­tion can com­mence, and after it is built, it must be pro­grammed, test­ed, and eval­u­at­ed. If the robot accom­plish­es its des­ig­nat­ed tasks, the design was a success.

The design of indus­tri­al robots is cru­cial to speed up pro­duc­tion and out­put for man­u­fac­tur­ers. Two of the old­est prob­lems for indus­tri­al robots that need­ed to be addressed were the time it takes to engi­neer the robot dres­sout, and the down­time caused when the dres­sout is dis­rupt­ed by con­tact with plant equip­ment. Fanuc’s design team solved these prob­lems with the evo­lu­tion­ary design of the M‑20iA due to its hol­low upper arm and wrist. This allows the util­i­ties to be con­tained with­in the arm, elim­i­nat­ing dres­sout issues. Since the dres­sout and con­trol box­es can fit with­in the robot arm, offline sim­u­la­tions ben­e­fit as well. This design does not require any of the robot’s per­for­mance spec­i­fi­ca­tions to be sacrificed. 

Anoth­er issue indus­tri­al robots face is inter­fer­ence between robot tool­ing and the upper arm. Motoman address­es this issue by equip­ping their MH5F and MH5LF robot mod­els with a slim arm. This design also improves the B‑axis range of motion while short­en­ing the dis­tance between the B‑axis and the T‑axis. This pro­vides increased car­ry­ing capac­i­ty for the main func­tions of the mod­els, which include assem­bly, han­dling, machine tend­ing, and pack­ag­ing.

KUKA Robots are fea­tured in late 2013 in the Design Museum’s exhi­bi­tion The Future is Here.” This exhi­bi­tion explores what dri­ves inno­va­tion and new man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques. The KUKA exhib­it fea­tures two AGILUS robots work­ing together. 

Some of the more inter­est­ing robot­ic designs devel­oped include the Humanoid Ever‑2 Android. It is a robot with the shape of a per­son that moves its entire body, makes facial expres­sions, and speaks. It can read to chil­dren and sing. The T‑Rot Robot­ic Bar­tender rec­og­nizes speech, picks up del­i­cate items by adjust­ing its grip, and deliv­ers items it is asked to get. The Wase­da Uni­ver­si­ty Flautist Robot actu­al­ly plays the flute with a per­fect ren­di­tion of Flight of the Bumblebee.”

Robots​.com is a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of indus­tri­al robots and can help you choose the right one for your facil­i­ty. Con­tact us today online or at 8777626881 for more infor­ma­tion about which robot­ic design is best for you.

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