Six-axis robots – not just for industry anymore

Aug 9, 2013

Six axis robots do a phenomenal job of tackling a wide range of applications such as welding, material handling, and material removal. However, they can also be customized to take care of other jobs such as taking care of animals.


When you think about six-axis robots, you may see the big, cold, steel robot­ic arms paint­ed blue, grey, yel­low or orange that work in man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ties across the world. These robots can weld, han­dle mate­r­i­al and remove mate­r­i­al. But, did you know that now some of those same robots are tak­ing care of live animals?

A lab­o­ra­to­ry in Japan, in con­junc­tion with Motoman Robot­ics, is work­ing toward devel­op­ing a robot that can take care of test sub­jects – in this case 30,000 mice – so that the sub­jects are not com­pro­mised by human hands. These six-axis robots would not have the abil­i­ty to con­t­a­m­i­nate test results in the way human hands could. They also pro­tect work­ers from infec­tion that could be spread by bites and scrapes from the mice.

But, a non-liv­ing thing autonomous indus­tri­al indus­tri­al­ly car­ing for 30,000 liv­ing crea­tures? That’s only hap­pens in sci-fi movies, right? Not any­more. Accord­ing to Giz­mo­do, this six-axis robot­ic arm can mim­ic human arm motions, and can swap out end-of-arm-tool­ing to feed the mice, change the water and sheets in cages and to even move cages to and from the lab.

This six-axis robot is pro­grammed to move with a slow, con­sis­tent and gen­tle grace that will keep the mice from get­ting too rat­tled. By using these six-arm robot­ic sys­tems, lab­o­ra­to­ries can move test sub­jects around faster, with­out dam­age to the mice, and keep results from being con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed, which could lead to more suc­cess­ful testing.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of six-axis robot­ics from Motoman, Fanuc, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA, has sev­er­al of these six-arm indus­tri­al robots in their ware­house in Mar­i­on, Ohio. These robots aren’t just for indus­tri­al use any­more. As the sto­ry reads above, these robots are now branch­ing out into oth­er areas like sci­en­tif­ic and med­ical test­ing. They’re also being used in surgery and oth­er human inter­ac­tive applications.

If you’d like to know more about how a six-axis robot can help your busi­ness, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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