The Industrial Robotic Arm: An Engineering Marvel

Jun 20, 2013

The manufacturing world is full of newly automated robots that are helping increase speeds across the globe. One of the most important tools on the production line is the robot arm. The industrial robotic arm can increase throughput while also removing workers from dangerous environments.


Human arms have been putting togeth­er items in fac­to­ries for years. Now, new arms, indus­tri­al robot­ic arms, are work­ing in that same respect, at a faster, more accu­rate rate. Robots also have faster cycle times, no breaks in pro­duc­tion, and pro­duce bet­ter qual­i­ty products.

What is an indus­tri­al robot­ic arm?

In the man­u­fac­tur­ing world, one of the most com­mon robots is the robot­ic arm. This met­al arm, usu­al­ly made up of 4 – 6 joints, can be used for sev­er­al man­u­fac­tur­ing appli­ca­tions, includ­ing weld­ing, mate­r­i­al han­dling, and mate­r­i­al removal.

An indus­tri­al robot arm is a mar­vel of engi­neer­ing in that it reacts sim­i­lar­ly to our own arms. The robot arm close­ly resem­bles a human arm, with a wrist, fore­arm, elbow, and shoul­der. The six-axis robot has six degrees of free­dom, allow­ing it to move six dif­fer­ent ways, unlike the human arm, which has sev­en degrees of freedom.

That is where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end though. Indus­tri­al robot­ic arms move much faster than human arms and, with­out the prop­er safe­ty mea­sures, can be dan­ger­ous. Robot­ic arms usu­al­ly have some form of safe­ty pack­age or sen­sors avail­able to ensure the safe­ty of human workers.

An indus­tri­al robot arm not only increas­es the speed of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process but also the accu­ra­cy and pre­ci­sion. These robot­ic arms cut down on work­er error and labor costs.

How does a robot­ic arm work?

The indus­tri­al robot­ic arm, which is usu­al­ly made of steel or cast iron is built from the base up, end­ing with the wrist and what­ev­er end effec­tor is need­ed to per­form the arm’s cho­sen task. A robot­ic con­troller rotates motors that are attached to each joint. Some of the larg­er arms, used to lift heavy pay­loads, are run by hydraulic and pneu­mat­ic means.

Robot­ic arms in man­u­fac­tur­ing move the end effec­tor from place to place – pick­ing up, putting down, tak­ing off, or weld­ing a part or the entire work­piece. These robot­ic arms can be pro­grammed to do sev­er­al dif­fer­ent jobs or one spe­cif­ic job, depend­ing on the manufacturer’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions and needs.

While these robot­ic arms are used to lift huge items, pal­letize heavy loads, and weld entire vehi­cles togeth­er, they are also used for lit­tle things. The pre­ci­sion of a robot­ic arm can put togeth­er even the tini­est moth­er­board or microchip. These met­al mar­vels will con­tin­ue to oper­ate in man­u­fac­tur­ing for years to come – arms lift­ing and mov­ing progress along until the next light­ning-fast inno­va­tion is introduced.

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