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Robots are actively changing our world. They assemble automobiles, defuse bombs, perform surgeries, and remove hazardous waste. Robots protect and aid by performing dangerous, monotonous, and repetitive tasks.
Who They Are: Industrial robots are valuable members of the workforce. In fact, more than 90 percent of all robots are deployed in industrial settings. Many manufacturing robots are put to use in the automotive industry.
What They Look Like: They typically have six axes (or points of movement), long manipulators, control cabinets, and end of arm tooling. Robots are controlled by software programs and the teach pendants help them learn jobs.
How They Change Industry: Robots perform tedious, hazardous, and hard work. They handle applications with greater speeds, repeatability, accuracy, and precision than human workers. Industrial robots are ideal for assembly lines. Companies not only benefit from increased productivity, but they see visible quality improvements.
Robots transform company after company. Here are the advantages they offer:
BUSINESS BENEFITS: Robots are diligent, precise, and consistent. They create high-quality products, increase production, and perfect applications. Unlike human workers, robots are tireless. They eliminate expenses such as vacation/sick leave, worker's compensation, and medical insurance. Companies benefit from having more, better quality, goods produced.
MANAGEMENT BENEFITS: Robots eliminate many workplace problems. Employee productivity is no longer a concern because robots work without taking breaks, lunches, or vacation. They don't waste time or call off sick. In addition, high employee turnover and unfilled positions are no longer an issue.
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: Robots are taking over mundane, repetitive, and dangerous jobs that are allowing workers to take higher-paying operational or managerial posts. Robots protect workers from work that could be hazardous to their mental or physical health. In other cases, robots assist workers, making their jobs more efficient and manageable.
CONSUMER BENEFITS: Robots produce consistent high-quality goods faster and cheaper. Consumers appreciate the opportunity to access better products sooner while also paying less for these improvements.
THE ARM: The industrial robot manipulator is often compared to the human arm, but it has major differences. It can be designed to bend like an elephant's trunk or move like a telescope and extend itself. The manipulator's reach can span great lengths and its payload (the amount it can lift) varies dramatically from one robot to the next. The joints in a robotic arm are usually driven by electric motors. Each joint has a device to measure its angle and send that value to the controller. If the actual angle of the arm does not equal the computed angle for the desired position, the servo controller moves the joint until the arm's angle matches the computed angle.
THE HANDS: End effectors are tools attached to robotic arms like hands. These customized parts carry out the applications with accuracy and precision. They include welding guns, drills, and grippers.
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