More and more industries are using industrial robots to automate a portion of their production line. Some of the more common industries that use robots are listed here. But industrial robotic diversity continues to expand into new industries every year, improving automation lines around the globe.
Aerospace - The aerospace industry uses a variety of applications that need to be performed with extreme care and precision. The slightest improvements in production can have dramatic affects on aircraft efficiency and quality. Robots can be used for applications like painting, welding, dispensing, inspection, sealing, and drilling to help increase production rates.
Agriculture - Increased food demands requires quicker processing. Staying current with robotic agricultural trends can help farmers harvest more efficiently.
Appliance - Refrigerator, toaster, microwave, and washer production lines can increase their rates by using appliance robots. Sheet metal forming and circuitry are just a couple of examples of how robots can be utilized in this industry.
Automobile - The automotive industry is where industrial robots got their start. Since the 1960s, industrial robots from companies like Motoman, FANUC, ABB, and KUKA have been welding, press tending, assembling, painting, cutting, and performing heavy material handling applications for the automotive industry. Today, the automotive industry continues to drive robotic sales as demand creates a need to quickly crank out the supply.
Construction - Robots are being used more in the contstruction industry for applications like welding steel beams, laying sidewalks, laying up walls, and assembling building materials. This helps reduce construction costs, get jobs finished faster, cut down on site waste, improve safety for workers on the job, and increase the structure's longevity by cracking down on errors.
Electronics - The electronics industry has emerged as a hotbed for robotics integration. Companies are deciding to switch to robotics because the ease of use has increased and the popularity of robotic automation has caused prices to drop significantly.
Energy - Industrial robots are proving to play a vital role in manufacturing energy efficient and alternative energy products. Solar panels, wind turbines, and other products that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are assembled, welded, and handled by industrial robots. The alternative energy industry is constantly moving and changing. This type of industry lends itself well to the use of robotics.
Food - Robots used for food operations improves the ability to meet quality standards easier. Clean room robots are commonly used to reduce contamination risks. Robotic vision and precision allows these robots to handle food products faster and more efficiently than traditional methods. Efficiency leads to more flexibility and a leaner industrial process.
Foundry - Foundries are some of the best places to see the importance of industrial robots in motion. A foundry is a place that processes metal in different forms, whether it be molten or solid. No matter what, foundries are hot places. Because of the heat, it can be difficult for human workers to keep up a consistent work pace throughout a shift.
Furniture / Fixtures - Industrial robots weld, assemble, and cut metal and other materials every day. Why would that not translate to furniture and fixtures? For the most part, fixtures are metal and need to be bent and shaped to specific forms. This type of metal manipulation is easy with a handling robot. Industrial robots can also saw lumber, which can later be used for building furniture.
Health care - Robots are becoming more active in the field, and not just behind the scenes. They are delivering medicine, performing surgeries, drawing blood, and taking vitals. Hospitals in some countries even deploy robots to clean rooms and tend to patients.
Military - The defense industry is becoming automated in many different ways. Robots are currently being used by the military to look for mines and disarm IEDs. These mobile 4-6 axis compact robots are able to grip these objects and detonate or disarm them without causing harm to any human soldiers. Industrial robots are also being used for production lines for our military grade equipment and artillery.
Mining - Industrial robots help manufacture parts and machinery for the mining industry. Heavy lifting, precision drilling, and material removal are just a few of the options used for mining applications.
Pharmaceutical - When it comes to the pharmaceutical industry, mistakes are not tolerated. The wrong medication can lead to severe consequences. Industrial dispensing robots help with medication dispensing in large hospital and pharmacy settings. Robotic vision also increases efficiency and accuracy by “seeing” the correct medication that needs to be dispensed or sorted.
Plastic / Rubber - When it comes to manufacturing plastics and rubber, industrial robots lead the industry in quality. These robots perform injection-molding, grinding, polishing, and other industrial applications with precision and quality that exceed industry standards. Companies in both the rubber and plastics industries can see high changeover in their parts, with part life cycles getting shorter and shorter as brands change and reshape to keep current with the marketplace.