Robotic Efficiency Continues to Rise

Dec 17, 2013

Industrial robots are being found in a variety of production lines, from dairy, hospitals, to aerospace. Businesses are quickly learning that industrial robots are helping create greater efficiency, decreasing downtime, and improving the overall robot market.


Robots make indus­tries, com­pa­nies, and man­u­fac­tur­ers more effi­cient. By increas­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and decreas­ing down­time, robot­ic automa­tion is an excel­lent way to improve effi­cien­cy for any indus­try imaginable.

Robots have improved the effi­cien­cy of Iowa dairies. Robots milk dairy herds every day: the cows actu­al­ly get in line at entry gates for their turn with the robot. The robot iden­ti­fies the cow by read­ing a transpon­der around its neck, stor­ing and uti­liz­ing infor­ma­tion about the cow. A robot arm then cleans each teat, using lasers and sen­sors to find them before attach­ing teat cups for when the milk begins flow­ing. The robots use a cell phone if there is a prob­lem to report, and they com­pile dai­ly dairy records about herd health, feed use, ani­mal weight, milk pro­duc­tion, and breed­ing. Many dairy farm­ers in Iowa believe that hands-free milk­ing is the future of dairy.

Hos­pi­tals are also turn­ing to robot­ics to become more effi­cient and improve patient safe­ty. Automat­ing some hos­pi­tal jobs per­formed by humans can help avoid poten­tial­ly fatal mis­takes. Robots help in elim­i­nat­ing errors: as many as 98,000 peo­ple die each year in the US due to mis­takes such as giv­ing patients the wrong med­i­cine. Robots can sort pills and dosages into indi­vid­ual plas­tic bags before affix­ing them with bar­codes to go into stor­age. The robot can sift through the rows of med­i­cines to pick out the one it needs when a cus­tomer arrives. Soon, robot­ics will be heav­i­ly involved in surgery as well.

The aero­space indus­try is anoth­er that ben­e­fits great­ly from robot­ics effi­cien­cy. Aero­space com­pa­nies are increas­ing­ly invest­ing in robots to per­form drilling, paint­ing, and oth­er tasks on air frames. Robots are reli­able and pre­cise when work­ing on very large aero­space com­po­nents. Drilling holes into com­po­nents is the largest use of robots in aero­space. Thou­sands of holes need to be drilled into a fuse­lage, and humans sim­ply can­not com­plete this task effi­cient­ly or accurately.

The auto­mo­tive indus­try is automat­ing their man­u­fac­tur­ing plants. For exam­ple, Ford refur­bished robots to improve assem­bly on their 2013 Escape mod­el. The robots use lasers and cam­eras to fit wind­shields, door pan­els, and fend­ers togeth­er more close­ly than before. Gaps between pieces are now small­er, mak­ing a more aero­dy­nam­ic and qui­eter ride. Laser-vision robots can inspect their own work. Robots can apply paint and seal­er to vehi­cles, which decreas­es human expo­sure to a haz­ardous cli­mate. Two ABB robots, the IRB 6640 and IRB 7600, are used to per­form high-pre­ci­sion weld­ing oper­a­tions in an advanced Chi­nese auto­mo­tive plant. The robots are so fast that they can com­plete the weld­ing of an entire SUV in just 86 seconds.

The ben­e­fits of increased effi­cien­cy are clear to almost every indus­try, and robot­ics is the solu­tion. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Robots​.com online or at 8777626881.

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