The aerospace industry uses a variety of applications that need to be performed with extreme care and precision. These applications include pain??ting, welding, dispensing, inspection, sealing, and drilling, along with other rigid manufacturing applications. An uneven coat of paint on an aircraft affects fuel economy and payload capacities.
With a growing population and food demands increasing regularly, the agriculture industry knows how important it is to move quickly to ensure the supply meets the demand. The agricultural industry uses robots for a wide variety of tasks to meet these demands. Robot platforms can carry workers to pick fruit, and some automation can pick the fruit itself. There are also autonomous robots that can harvest crops in the field.
When someone thinks about appliance automation, the first thing they probably see is a robot vacuum cleaner or lawnmower. While there is quite a bit of research going into engineering autonomous robots that can perform household chores, there are many more robots that are involved in appliance automation behind the scenes. Robots from manufacturers like KUKA, ABB, Motoman, and FANUC are capable of performing applications that boost productivity in the appliance industry.
The automotive industry - the place that started it all! This 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.
The construction industry is using robots more and more to put up buildings, lay sidewalks, pour foundations, etc. By investing in robots to assemble building materials, weld steel beams, lay brick, among other uses, construction companies are able to reduce construction costs, get jobs finished faster, cut down on construction site waste, improve safety for workers on the job, and increase the structure's longevity by cracking down on errors.
Consumer products is an industry that is ever-changing. Companies are constantly changing their products and their packaging to keep their products new and vibrant in this wide-ranging, highly competitive market. A company that makes consumer products has to be able to keep up with what the consumer wants, and that means being able to easily change and reprogram their production. This is not easy to do with human workers, and it is an impossibility with hard automation.
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.
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.
The future is green… and robotic. 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 designed by ABB, Motoman, FANUC, and KUKA. The alternative energy industry is constantly moving and changing. This type of industry lends itself well to the use of robotics.
The food industry uses robots to perform applications that need to be fast and consistent. Used for handling and packaging, Motoman, FANUC, ABB, and KUKA industrial robots help streamline food packaging processes. Robotic vision and precision allows these robots to handle food products in a much faster and efficient manner than traditional methods. Efficiency leads to more flexibility and a leaner industrial process.
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.
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, like those made by ABB, Motoman, KUKA, and FANUC robotics companies, can also saw lumber, which can later be used for building furniture.
Heavy trucks, like semi-trucks, are an integral part of our transportation system. Researchers are currently attempting to develop trucks that are autonomous or a hybrid of self-driving and human driving, which will possibly give truck drivers the ability to rest, something that people in that profession lack. However, until that day comes, there are plenty of industrial robots that are involved in the heavy truck industry behind the scenes.
In the past, robots have not always been the easiest fit in job shops. Many older model industrial robots were made to suit high volume/low mix parts. The small batch applications performed in job shops did not make sense for many robots of old. Times they are a-changin'. With the flexibility of industrial robots and work cells today, these systems have become small batch friendly and perfect for the job shop industry.
It seems like the plot of a science fiction B-movie, but it has become a reality - robots have entered the medical field. 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.
The metal product industry encompasses many applications. FANUC, KUKA, ABB, and Motoman industrial robots perform many of these applications flawlessly, including arc welding, spot welding, cutting, press tending, and material handling. Customized workcells are designed through a collaboration of the company and RobotWorx engineers, which ensures that the workcell fits perfectly into the company’s process.
Industrial robots help manufacture parts and machinery for the mining industry. Heavy-duty Motoman, ABB, FANUC, and KUKA robots lift, remove, and transfer parts. Industrial robots also assist in welding machinery together and cutting. These robots can save time and money by performing the applications more easily than manual procedures. But, robots aren't only helping the mining industry manufacture machinery. They are also helping to perform the mining itself.
A vital part of the packaged goods industry is moving product from one place to another. Moving pallets, boxes, and cases of packaged product can be tolling. Not only is it a tedious process, but it can also cause fatigue, stress, or repetitive movement injuries in human workers, which can slow down the production line and decrease worker morale. Industrial packaging and palletizing robots from ABB, FANUC, KUKA, and Motoman relieve workers from performing these tasks.
Motoman, FANUC, ABB, and KUKA industrial robots perform handling and palletizing tasks even in the paper/printing industry. Robots are able to handle large rolls of paper for printing, while also being able to transfer paper from one machine to another. They can also be used to stack boxes and cases of paper on skids for transport to either the consumer or a warehouse. Traditional methods of moving these boxes and cases were strenuous and physically demanding.
When it comes to the pharmaceutical industry, mistakes are not tolerated. The wrong medication can lead to severe consequences. Industrial dispensing robots manufactured by FANUC, Motoman, ABB, and KUKA 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.
When it comes to manufacturing plastics and rubber, industrial robots from Motoman, ABB, FANUC, and KUKA 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.
Recreational equipment spans a large range of products, from sports equipment to camping and other recreational pursuits. To keep costs low and quality high, many manufacturers in the recreational equipment industry turn to industrial robots from Motoman, FANUC, ABB, and KUKA to weld products, palletize cases of products, tend machines, and numerous other applications.