Robot Applications Improve Factory Productivity

Jul 7, 2014

Industrial robots are being integrated into applications across the globe as they are bringing greater productivity and efficiency to the production floor. These robots are accomplishing tasks from assembly to material handling to welding and doing so with no breaks or vacations! An example of the benefits of integrating an industrial robot is seen with robotic welders. An automated welding system can accomplish welds four times as fast as one human welder.


Indus­tri­al robots have been work­ing in fac­to­ries around the world since the 1960s. The first robot appli­ca­tions were as sim­ple as paint­ing, and lat­er moved on to assem­bly, weld­ing and many more mate­r­i­al han­dling, weld­ing, dis­pens­ing and removal process­es – more than any­one ever dreamed of in the 1960s, that is for sure.

One of the appli­ca­tions that robots are com­mon­ly used for is weld­ing: both arc weld­ing and spot weld­ing. Arc weld­ing and spot weld­ing are robot­ic appli­ca­tions in many cas­es because of the effi­cien­cy of using a robot­ic welder for an appli­ca­tion, as opposed to a human welder. A robot­ic welder can weld four times as fast as one human welder, and that speed trans­lates into faster pro­duc­tion for the rest of the line.

A sim­i­lar speed goes into the mate­r­i­al han­dling appli­ca­tions that robots can per­form. These appli­ca­tions range from pick­ing, pack­ag­ing, pal­letiz­ing, assem­bly, etc. A human coun­ter­part can­not match the speed and accu­ra­cy that comes with a robot­ic mate­r­i­al han­dler for any appli­ca­tion. On top of being able to move quick­er and more effec­tive­ly, these jobs seem to be tedious, dull and repet­i­tive, which can lead to injuries to mus­cles like the back, neck and arms. Once again, this is why robot­ics are pre­ferred for these applications.

Safe­ty is also a con­cern in mate­r­i­al removal and dis­pens­ing appli­ca­tions. Robot appli­ca­tions like paint­ing and debur­ring can release par­ti­cles and fumes into the air that can be haz­ardous to humans and cause res­pi­ra­to­ry and neu­ro­log­i­cal issues. By using robots for these appli­ca­tions, human work­ers are kept out of harm’s way, while also using less mate­r­i­al and mak­ing less errors, which cause less waste. This means the com­pa­ny can save mon­ey on mate­ri­als and time.

Do any of these robot­ic appli­ca­tions sound inter­est­ing to you? Would you like to learn more about robots and the appli­ca­tions they can per­form? If so, you should con­tact Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for sev­er­al robot­ics com­pa­nies, includ­ing Fanuc, KUKA, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and Motoman. Our staff will help you decide which robot sys­tem is right for you, and then walk you through the step by step build­ing and cus­tomiza­tion of your system.

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