Industrial Robots and the Future

Sep 28, 2009

The emerging trends are showing that industrial robots are being seen on production lines across the globe. As technology continues to evolve, these robots are becoming more affordable and accessible to businesses of all sizes. Furthermore, the integration process is now easier and more straightforward. Contact Robots.com experts today, they have over 35 years of integration experience and are looking forward to helping you with yours.

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What does the future hold for the indus­tri­al robot indus­try? Take a clos­er look at some of the recent emerg­ing trends that are shap­ing the future of robots:

Robots Off the Shelf

Indus­tri­al robots are more acces­si­ble and afford­able today than ever before. Stan­dard robot mod­els are now mass-pro­duced, mak­ing more avail­able to meet the ever-increas­ing demand. This increased acces­si­bil­i­ty has, in turn, led to a steady price drop for new robots. In addi­tion, the refur­bished robot­ics mar­ket is fur­ther expand­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for low-cost models.

Inte­gra­tion Made Simple

Today, robot­ic inte­gra­tion is more straight­for­ward, more con­ducive to plug and play instal­la­tion. Periph­er­als, robot mod­els, and con­trollers are designed to com­mu­ni­cate more eas­i­ly with one anoth­er. This com­pat­i­bil­i­ty makes for eas­i­er work­cell build­ing and the result­ing sys­tems are more reli­able and flexible. 

Stan­dard­iza­tion

Six-axis indus­tri­al robots have become more uni­form. When com­par­ing robots from a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers, it’s easy to notice the basic sim­i­lar­i­ties in style and usabil­i­ty. Mar­ket com­pe­ti­tion has brought about near­ly inter­change­able robot series (think pay­loads and work enve­lope ranges).

Increased Flex­i­bil­i­ty

Cur­rent robot­ics com­po­nents and mod­els can han­dle more. They are built to offer com­plex­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty in dif­fer­ent set­tings. Weld­ing guns have greater longevi­ty. Welders can han­dle more vari­ety. Robot tech­nol­o­gy con­tin­ues to advance — cre­at­ing robust, capa­ble product. 

End-of-Arm Tool­ing

The ver­sa­til­i­ty offered by the use of quick-change EOAT fea­tures opens up large cost-sav­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. EOAT allows for the con­sol­i­da­tion of simul­ta­ne­ous or pro­gres­sive tasks through the inter­change­abil­i­ty of spe­cial­ized end com­po­nents includ­ing: grip­per sys­tems, vac­u­um sys­tems, 3‑jaw chucks, high-speed spin­dles, cylin­ders, or drills.

Dual-arm Tech­nol­o­gy

The intro­duc­tion of the dual-arm design has pro­vid­ed solu­tions to pro­duc­tion sce­nar­ios requir­ing a high lev­el of dex­ter­i­ty and agili­ty. The abil­i­ty to pro­gram the dual-arms to work either col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly or sep­a­rate­ly makes them capa­ble of exe­cut­ing an excep­tion­al­ly wide range of assem­bly, pick­ing, and tend­ing applications.

Vision Guid­ance

The unique cam­era sen­so­ry sys­tem of vision-guid­ed robots allows for the pick-and-place of mul­ti­ple parts of vary­ing geom­e­try and elim­i­nates the need for care­ful ori­en­ta­tion of parts when feed­ing the sys­tem. Addi­tion­al­ly, when mul­ti­ple prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured on the same process line, the soft­ware-con­trolled switch-over can be accom­plished very quick­ly and with­out mechan­i­cal adjustment.

Robot­worx helps com­pa­nies stay on the edge of the robot­ic future by bring­ing new and gen­tly used mod­els of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies with­in reach. Please con­tact Robots​.com with any ques­tions about the future of indus­tri­al robots- 8777626881.

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