Industrial Robots of Today

Jan 15, 2012

The production and quality of products today is becoming more and more dependent on industrial robots. Robots are changing the production line and making consumer's goods more effectively, precisely, and safely.


As the tech­nol­o­gy in con­sumer and indus­tri­al prod­ucts advances, so does the tech­nol­o­gy of robots and the process­es that man­u­fac­ture these prod­ucts. Indus­tri­al robots play a large role in the pro­duc­tion and qual­i­ty of many of the prod­ucts, large and small, that we see today.

Changes in Focus of Indus­tri­al Robot Designs

Advances in robot­ics improve the basic con­cepts and designs have been mas­tered by many of the lead­ing robot man­u­fac­tur­ers, includ­ing Fanuc and Motoman. The six-axis indus­tri­al robot arm has become the stan­dard for many indus­tri­al appli­ca­tions. In some appli­ca­tions and man­u­fac­tur­ing plans, more or less axes can be advan­ta­geous depend­ing on the desired out­come. For exam­ple, many indus­tries per­form­ing heavy pal­letiz­ing appli­ca­tions employ four-axis robots that sac­ri­fice repeata­bil­i­ty but han­dle heav­ier pay­loads, such as the Fanuc M‑410. Oth­er indus­tries that require extreme flex­i­bil­i­ty and pre­ci­sion employ robot arms with more axes, such as the Motoman VA1400 robot arm that uses sev­en axes. Much of the focus of today’s designs is placed on greater accu­ra­cy, faster axis speeds, eas­i­er pro­gram­ming, and small­er footprints.

Advances in Technology

Robots today include com­put­er chip and micro­proces­sor man­u­fac­tur­ing and weld­ing in their designs.

An increas­ing num­ber of con­sumer and indus­tri­al prod­ucts uti­lize com­put­er chips and oth­er micro­proces­sors. From children’s toys and video games to auto­mo­biles and indus­tri­al CNC machin­ery, com­put­er chips are being devel­oped to be small­er and hold more infor­ma­tion. Indus­tri­al robots pos­sess the pre­ci­sion to accu­rate­ly move, han­dle, and assem­ble these devices. Many indus­tri­al robot arms have been sealed and designed to work in clean­room” envi­ron­ments, in which micro­proces­sors are often handled. 

Arc weld­ing and spot weld­ing account for many of appli­ca­tions that indus­tri­al robot per­form. Design­ers con­stant­ly try to improve repeata­bil­i­ty, axis speeds, and flex­i­bil­i­ty in robot arms per­form­ing these appli­ca­tions. Some robots are pre­cise to +/- 0.02 mil­lime­ters and can move sev­er­al meters per sec­ond. Due to the advance­ment in tech­nol­o­gy of robots, there is more room for improve­ment in manufacturing. 

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