For years, material handling robots have been raising the safety level in several different fields by either detecting hazards or handling hazards.
Material handling robotics work to keep humans safe, which follows in line with Isaac Asimov’s first law of robotics: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”
These robots are working to make sure that humans are not put in dangerous environments or exposed to toxic chemicals.
In the field, there are robots that move and detect dangers to humans in coal mines, as well as robots that work for our military, “sniffing” out IEDs and mines. These robots work to keep humans out of harm’s way.
The same can be said for material handling robots in factories. Hazardous material handling robots work with old munitions, chemicals, and other material that may be dangerous to human workers.
Some of these dangers may not be as bad as you think. When material handling robotic systems are palletizing grain, for instance, each drop releases a cloud of dust that could be harmful to the lungs of human workers.
A similar case could be made for material handling dispensing robots that deal with paint and other coating materials. These materials when sprayed can cause toxic fumes that can lead to hospitalization if exposed for too long a period of time.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator for many robotics companies (FANUC, Motoman, ABB, Universal, and KUKA)has several material handling robotic models suited for hazardous material handling applications. Our designers will work with your company to find the perfect robot for your needs.