Small Robots Offering More Options for Big Jobs

Sep 25, 2013

Robotic technology is advancing at a very fast rate and enabling small businesses to afford small robots. Small robots are able to provide a very effective manufacturing environment with their high speeds, short cycle times, and energy supply system.


Robots don’t have to be mas­sive to be pro­duc­tive. Small robots are find­ing their niche in the man­u­fac­tur­ing market.

KUKA proves small robots are very effec­tive in the man­u­fac­tur­ing world by pre­sent­ing the KR AGILUS series, a com­pre­hen­sive small robot fam­i­ly. The series of robots have five or six axes, high speeds, short cycle times, and an inte­grat­ed ener­gy sup­ply sys­tem. The KR AGILUS series intro­duced the Safe Robot func­tion­al­i­ty, which sim­pli­fies the coop­er­a­tion of humans and machines with new automa­tion concepts. 

The Motoman SV3 is a com­pact 6‑axis indus­tri­al robot, used in small part appli­ca­tions such as weld­ing and assem­bly. The SV3X robot arm fea­tures a 677 mm reach and the widest work enve­lope in its class. Small grip­pers can be attached to the wrist to per­form mate­r­i­al han­dling and pick and place appli­ca­tions. This com­pact mod­el has a small foot­print and can be mount­ed on a table or track.

The Fanuc LR Mate 200iB mini-robots are ver­sa­tile and used for many appli­ca­tions like assem­bly, mate­r­i­al han­dling, and indus­tri­al wash­ing. The robots can adapt to a vari­ety of work­ing envi­ron­ments like machine shops and food man­u­fac­tur­ing. The 200iB has five mod­els that can han­dle high pay­loads while fit­ting into tight spots. Their small bases and wrists are designed for pre­ci­sion and speed. While the arm is small­er, the wrist move­ment has increased by 33% and addi­tion­al brak­ing options on all axes pro­vide enhanced motion control.

Oth­er small robots will soon cap­ture our atten­tion, like hov­er­ing robots the size of flies, nanoro­bots that might be pro­grammed to destruct can­cer cells, and snake-like rovers. Big­ger isn’t always bet­ter, as these small robots prove.

Robots​.com refur­bish­es all sizes of indus­tri­al robots for many types of indus­tries. If you would like to talk to one of our rep­re­sen­ta­tives about what type and size of a robot you are look­ing for, con­tact us online or at 8777626881.

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