Working to keep humans out of harm's way

May 18, 2013

Industrial robots work hard to make sure that humans are not exposed to dangerous chemicals or any situation that could put them in harms way. For instance, material handling robots are able to reduce the risk of toxic chemical exposure.


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.

Robots​.com has sev­er­al mate­r­i­al han­dling robot­ic mod­els from Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal, and KUKA suit­ed for haz­ardous mate­r­i­al han­dling appli­ca­tions. Our design­ers will work with your com­pa­ny to find the per­fect robot for your needs.

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