Starting It Off - Spherical Robots

May 13, 2014

Industrial robots come in three popular varities, articulated, cartesian, and SCARA. There is also a spherical robot that has been around for decades. This robot has one rotary joint and two linear joints and can be used in a wide range of applications such as painting, welding, and assembly.


Of the many robots on the mar­ket today, there are three that are most com­mon – artic­u­lat­ed, Carte­sian and SCARA robots. How­ev­er, there are oth­er types of robots that have been around for decades, like the spher­i­cal robot, the one that start­ed the whole indus­tri­al robot revolution.

Spher­i­cal robots, also known as polar robots, are sim­i­lar to cylin­dri­cal robots, but instead of hav­ing one rotary joint and two lin­ear joints, they have two rotary joints and one lin­ear joint. These robots can be used in some of the most basic robot­ic appli­ca­tions like paint­ing, weld­ing, and assem­bly.

You won’t find these on the mar­ket as much today as they once were. How­ev­er, the spher­i­cal robot, as men­tioned above, is the one that start­ed it all. With­out spher­i­cal robot­ic tech­nol­o­gy, we would have nev­er had the Uni­mate, the first indus­tri­al robot pro­duced in the 1960s. This robot cleared the way for oth­er tech­nolo­gies, like six-axis robots. Though it only had three axes, spher­i­cal robot­ic sys­tems like the Uni­mate were able to sig­nif­i­cant­ly speed up pro­duc­tion enough for man­u­fac­tur­ers took notice. The indus­tri­al robot rev­o­lu­tion start­ed and man­u­fac­tur­ers nev­er looked back.

Are you inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about spher­i­cal robots and their descen­dents? Do you think that a spher­i­cal robot, with its spher­i­cal shaped work enve­lope, might be per­fect for your appli­ca­tion? If so, con­tact Robots​.com today. Our staff will work with you to help you find the right robot­ic sys­tem for your mon­ey and application.

For more infor­ma­tion, call Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

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