In the 1960s, scientists began to develop the robotic technology that we see today in factories all over the world. By the 1980s, manufacturers began flocking to integrators to buy robotic systems specially designed for their production lines. Over the last five decades, robot improvements have stretched the limits, moving from the factory to the service industry and beyond.
Did you know that there are robots that work in the medical field as doctors, surgeons and even pharmacists? Robot improvements have converted robots to interactive doctors that can draw blood and perform checkups. These robots have a television on them, where the doctor can see the patient and vice versa, and they can interact with them from anywhere in the world. In theory, if this robotic technology continued to improve, doctors could once again begin making house calls from the comfort of their offices – making it more convenient for doctor and patient.
However, robots that work in the outside world are not the only ones that have been improved. With the introduction of vision cameras and touch and motion sensors, new robots are able to work and interact with humans in a way that they never were before. Instead of being enclosed in a cage, these new industrial robots can work on a line in coordination with other human workers. Motion sensors allow the robot to sense when someone is near them, so they can slow or stop their motion, making them less dangerous to their human counterparts.
Would you like to learn more about the improvements to robotic technology that could enhance the quality of your production line? If so, you should give RobotWorx a call. RobotWorx is a certified integrator for several different robotics companies, including ABB, KUKA, Motoman, Universal Robots, and FANUC. Our staff will work with you to help you build the perfect robotic system for your facility and budget.