Robots help meet product demands

Jan 7, 2014

Industrial robots help to bring excellent repeatability, reliability, and consistency to the manufacturing process. The robots help meet product demands, reduce the cost of labor, and create a tailored solution for a wide range of applications including material handling, palletizing, and assembly.


Automa­tion of the pro­duc­tion process is essen­tial as prod­ucts and man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es become con­tin­u­al­ly more com­plex. The man­u­fac­tur­ing envi­ron­ment demands high­er pro­duc­tion rates than ever before. Man­u­fac­tured goods require repeata­bil­i­ty, reli­a­bil­i­ty, and con­sis­ten­cy, all of which have con­tributed to the grow­ing demand for automa­tion in manufacturing. 

The cost of labor and declin­ing cost of automa­tion devices com­bine to ensure that the appli­ca­tion of automa­tion and robot­ics for pro­duc­tion appli­ca­tions pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits. Robot­ic sys­tems allow for pre­ci­sion, speed, repeata­bil­i­ty, and flex­i­bil­i­ty to meet chang­ing prod­uct demand and pro­duc­tion requirements.

Robot­ic sys­tems are tai­lored to meet the needs of each spe­cif­ic appli­ca­tion. Carte­sian, SCARA, or mul­ti-axis robots can be cho­sen to auto­mate a process, like mate­r­i­al han­dling, pal­letiz­ing, sort­ing, debur­ring, assem­bly, or weld­ing.

Con­sumers are fick­le, and demand prod­ucts in new forms con­stant­ly, which plays to the strength of robot­ics’ flex­i­bil­i­ty to change while keep­ing pro­duc­tion on track. Robot­ics plays a key role in qual­i­ty con­trol and test­ing of con­sumer prod­ucts pri­or to pack­ag­ing.

Motoman robots are used to test con­sumer goods, includ­ing elec­tron­ics. Robots repet­i­tive­ly push but­tons to deter­mine the life expectan­cy of elec­tron­ic devices. They also test the dura­bil­i­ty of a fab­ric over time by sweep­ing a human-like form over the fabric.

Fanuc robots are also used to test fab­ric. A sys­tem was installed that sim­u­lat­ed a per­son get­ting in and out of a seat thou­sands of times to test the wear on the fab­ric. Tests like these ensure the prod­uct will work as the con­sumer expects. 

Engi­neered Machined Prod­ucts (EMP) is a lead­ing pro­duc­er of machined com­po­nents and ener­gy sav­ing sys­tems. Its con­tin­ued growth relies on an invest­ment in robot­ic automa­tion, which allowed the com­pa­ny to reduce costs, enhance qual­i­ty and turn­around times, increase capac­i­ty, and remain flex­i­ble dur­ing a chang­ing econ­o­my. The use of Fanuc robots, espe­cial­ly those with robot­ic vision, allows EMP to not only auto­mate process­es but also accept new prod­ucts for appli­ca­tions with min­i­mal changeover. Over 40 Fanuc robots have been rede­ployed mul­ti­ple times to take on new process­es, and the robots’ uptime con­tin­u­al­ly improves.

Robots​.com pro­vides Inte­gra­tion-Ready KUKA, Fanuc, ABB, and Motoman indus­tri­al robots that can help you meet your pro­duc­tion demands. Con­tact us today online or at 8777626881 on how to opti­mize your pro­duc­tion flow with robot­ic automation.

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