Robotic systems have been around for years in one way or another. Since the Unimate came on the scene in the 1960s, robots have taken over many of the tedious, dull and dangerous jobs that were once handled by human workers.
Today, these robotic systems can do almost anything. With a robot arm that acts much like a human arm with a shoulder, elbow and wrist, these robots can weld, as well as handling and removing material from a plethora of items.
In the manufacturing industry, robot systems are being put to work for many different tasks. Robots are assembling and welding cars, airplanes, furniture and refrigerators. Robots are sorting and packaging cakes, cookies and potato chips. Robots are even putting together the motherboards of the computers that everyone uses today.
Manufacturers turn to robotic systems due to the several advantages that these systems bring to the table for any application.
Robots reduce cycle times, which in turn speeds up production for the manufacturer and keeps production costs low. Robots enhance the accuracy during welding and part manipulation, an accuracy that cannot be matched by human hands. And, robots can even keep workers safe by performing the brunt of the work on jobs that can be injury-inducing or need to be performed in hazardous environments.
All in all, robots have come a long way since the Unimate, and robot companies will continue to innovate and improve their robotic systems for decades to come.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator for robot systems from FANUC, Motoman, ABB, Universal Robots, and KUKA, has several systems available for customization and purchase. RobotWorx’ highly-skilled team of technicians and engineers work with the customer to design the right system for their facility.
For more information about automating with a RobotWorx system, contact us today online or at 740-251-4312.