The Makeup of a Good Robot System
Understanding your specific manufacturing needs is an important step to integrating a good robotic system. Once you understand your automation needs it is time to pick out a robot, a controller, a teach pendant, a dress package for the robot, a positioner, and a safety package. Each one of these parts is important in successfully installing and running an automation system on your production line.
If you are a manufacturer who wants to take your company’s processes to the next level, you should consider investing in at least one good robot system for your facility, if not more. Robot systems are made up of one or more robots, a controller, a teach pendant, a dress package for the robot, a positioner and a safety package. Each one of these parts have their own important jobs when it comes to improving your application with automated skill.
First and foremost for the system, the robot. The robot can come from top companies like ABB, Fanuc, Motoman, Universal Robots, or KUKA, but you have to make sure you are getting one with enough reach and enough payload capability to hand your application. You also want to make sure the robot system has a good power supply, as well as a compatible and user-friendly teach pendant and controller. Without this “brain,” the robot would be little more than a metal statue.
Once you have the teach pendant, controller and robot down, you need to figure out what kind of setup you want for your robot. Do you want stationary tables with interlocking doors? Do you want a 180 degree indexing table or a ferris wheel positioner? These are all important choices when it comes to ensuring that your robotic system will provide you with its top quality, performance and capability.
Finally, the safety package comes into play – an important part of the robotic system puzzle, indeed. Light curtains, pressure mats, locking doors, fencing and automatic stop buttons are just a few of the safety products available for your robot system. There are even robots that are able to slow down and/or stop using collision detection sensors.
Where can you get more information about setting up a robot system in your shop and customize all of the different parts for that system? At Robots.com, of course! Robots.com is a certified integrator for companies like Fanuc, Motoman, KUKA, Universal Robots, and ABB. Our staff will work with you to plan out every step of your robotic system. We even offer our own customized work cells for your robot systems, to ensure that our customers are getting the perfect system for their money.
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