Manufacturers need to consider not only how workers can be safe around the robots, but also how the robot can increase safety for workers. Amongst the most important justifications to use industrial robots may be to put them in the fields where they are shielding people from working in dangerous environments that require the handling of hazardous materials such as explosives, to carcinogens, to radioactive substances. Robots are also completing heavy duty tasks that are repetitive and straining on a human worker.
Industries are beginning to realize how important industrial robots are to conduct these unsafe work duties that would expose workers to dangerous conditions or injuries. Robots are now so important for the use of processes that expose workers to toxic fumes such as painting, coating, fiberglass cutting, deburring and grinding. When workers are too close to these applications, they can inhale harmful fumes or particles that can affect the brain, lungs, eyes and skin. Robots help workers be distances from these harmful materials and substances.
Real Life Problem #1: Manual Welding
Manual welding exposes the workers to damaging noises, toxic gases, hazardous fumes, dangerous metals, extreme heat, ionizing radiation, and ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
All of the above can cause severe health problems such as pulmonary edema, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, heart disease, hearing loss, reproductive risks, and stomach ulcers.
Even when every precaution is taken, manual welding presents many health risks. It can cause short and long term damage to the respiratory and central nervous systems, blood cells, and kidneys. For example, welding rod fumes contain the neurotoxin manganese which is linked to Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative disease with no current cure.
Solution: Robotic welders offer the perfect solution not only for their amazingly consistent precision, but more importantly maintaining the health of the workers. Many industries are switching to robotic welders to protect the health of their workers by doing the dirty job around ventilation systems and shields to block out any radiation.
Welding robots provide a safe and effective alternative to manual welding as they protect lives, avoid accidents, prevent disease, and save money.
Real Life Problem #2: Robots Offer Solutions to Haz Mat Operations
Explosive-proof robots are specially designed to work in areas where vapors and fumes could ignite easily if met with a spark. For instance, one manufacturer uses industrial robots for material handling of car steering wheel components where there are flammable vapors.
Robots can also be used for munitions disassembly in places where there is leftover World War II nerve gas ordinance. The decomposing chemicals and materials would not be good for humans to pick up so robots are the perfect choice.
Nuclear Material Robots can perform around and handle nuclear materials where everything is radioactive. They can even collect samples for analysis of soils where radioactive contamination is suspected or handle biological hazards like viruses or other pathogens.
It is easy to see why the automating will not only increase the value of your production line, but also the health of your workers. RobotWorx is a certified integrator and has reconditioned robots and work cells at affordable prices.
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