Industrial robots are mainly used in two cases. First, when it is necessary to replace people at work in onerous and dangerous positions. Second, when the tasks set for employees exceed their capabilities in terms of speed, efficiency and precision. Thanks to robotization, it is possible to optimize employment and shift employees to tasks in which they will perform well and feel better – less physically demanding, but requiring creativity and decision-making based on knowledge and experience.
Some basic uses of an industrial robot:
(loading / unloading) – presses, machine tools and machining centres, injection moulding machines and others;
of various types of elements – e.g. cardboard boxes and various packages, bottles, bags or ready-made details;
the latest technologies allow to weld elements made of various materials with unprecedented accuracy. Importantly, more and more methods allow you to achieve optimal results only with the use of an industrial robot – an example is the CMT technology, which allows robots to weld sheets with a thickness of 0.3 mm, with a welding speed of up to 2 m/s.
of wood, metal and plastic – the robot can manipulate the detail around the tool or, after mounting the tool on the arm, process the fixed detail itself. The most common applications for machining robots are grinding, polishing, deburring, milling, drilling and drilling.
Application of adhesives and seals
perfectly reproducible application of sealing compounds or adhesives on details ensures minimization of defects and high quality of details;
Varnishing and painting
removing people from working in harmful conditions and at the same time improving the quality of painting, as well as possible savings in materials. In the case of flammable paints and varnishes, however, it is necessary to use a robot dedicated to work in explosive vapours – such robots are characterized by a number of protections, especially in terms of intrinsic safety and tightness of the arm body.
It should be noted that these are only typical and most common applications of an industrial robot. However, many other, less standard production processes are subject to robotization, the problems of which are in the range specified at the beginning – monotony and nuisance for humans, as well as requirements for accuracy and repeatability of production.
Today’s market places high demands on production companies. If you want to increase the company’s efficiency and its competitiveness, remember that modernization is a continuous process. Wise investing always pays off, and robotization is undoubtedly an area worth betting on.