Studying Movement to Improve Robot Motion

Jul 7, 2014

A robot's necessary movement varies from application to application, so ​scientists have been studying movement of natural sources to produce a system that moves in a precise manner. It is helpful to pay attention to these specific movements and help industrial robots bring even greater efficiency to the production line.


Robots move in many dif­fer­ent ways to accom­plish the jobs they have to do every day. A robot’s motion is impor­tant to the appli­ca­tion, while also being impor­tant to the exist­ing struc­tures, machines and work­ers that sur­round that robot on a dai­ly basis. Sci­en­tists research the moves found in nat­ur­al sources to ensure that robots are able to move in an effec­tive and pre­cise manner.

Researchers have been study­ing the move­ments and motions of ani­mals for cen­turies. How does an ani­mal move this way and that way to get where it needs to go? Now, sci­en­tists have applied those same kinds of motion pat­terns to robots that can fly, swim and run on sol­id ground. There are robot fish that can sim­u­late the motion of actu­al fish, while explor­ing the ocean’s depths. Crab-like robots use the del­i­cate motion to research coral reefs and ship­wrecks in shal­low water. There are drones, also known as fly­ing robots, which can repli­cate the motion of insects like drag­on­flies, as well as birds, to fly and col­lect infor­ma­tion. The run­ning speed of big cats like chee­tahs and leop­ards has also been har­nessed for a run­ning robot that is being devel­oped for the U.S. mil­i­tary. Even in the indus­tri­al field, delta-style robots have motions sim­i­lar to spi­ders or crabs.

Of course, there is anoth­er ani­mal in nature whose move­ments can be trans­lat­ed into robot­ic motion – us. Human arm move­ments are the basis for almost every robot motion of a com­mon sin­gle or dual-armed robot. Grant­ed, human arms only have three axes – the shoul­der, the elbow and the wrist – how­ev­er, a lot of motions are sim­i­lar, espe­cial­ly when deal­ing with mate­r­i­al han­dling robots that may have hands” or grip­pers attached to the robot­ic wrists. Also, like oth­er human-like motions, dual-armed robots are able to use their two arms for one appli­ca­tion, or they can be used inde­pen­dent­ly. These motions help to boost the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty in a fac­to­ry by improv­ing the speed and accu­ra­cy of the pro­duc­tion line, which saves the man­u­fac­tur­er time and money.

Are you inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about robot­ic motion or how it can improve the process­es in your facil­i­ty? If so, then you should con­tact Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor for sev­er­al dif­fer­ent robot­ics com­pa­nies, includ­ing Fanuc, Motoman, KUKA, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and ABB. Our staff will work with you to help you design, build and cus­tomize your per­fect robot­ic system.

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