How Is Robotic Automation Helping Manufacturing

How Is Robotic Automation Helping Manufacturing

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Robotic AutomationA few advantages of robotics include easy to program, save time and money, and generate more jobs.

FREMONT, CA: Robotic Automation has paved its path into many diverse areas in manufacturing. Today, robots are tasked to do jobs like welding, shipping, assembly, product packing, and handling raw materials. So, a large number of manufacturers are leveraging robotic automation for a broader range of applications.

Late adopters, who would benefit from the automation, are looking for answers to the following questions:

  Are robots too expensive for business?
•  Is the business too small to make use of robotics?
•  Will robotics cost human personnel their jobs.
•  Are robots challenging to program and control?

To get answers to the questions, manufacturers can consider the points below to clear their doubts on the automation process. Robotic automation can be used across industries by numerous types and sizes of manufacturing businesses. 

Robotics Saves Money and Time

Robots started entering the manufacturing industry in the early 1960s, since then they have come a long way. Today, robots can be installed within no time and at less cost than the previous decades. The rises in sales have brought down the prices dramatically. Built-in state-of-the-art facilities, robots feature regulated safety standards and quality enhancements that translate to savings on employment costs and unprepared downtime. Furthermore, bots can also operate 24/7, increasing the overall production, and minimizing downtime.

Robotics is Scalable

Robots are employed in high production, high volume settings, and can also level down to be used in growing businesses. Modern-day robots can be deployed in low to medium volume manufacturing environments and can be programmed and set up for new tasks swiftly due to their advancements. Mobile bases let them be used in several areas of manufacturing facilities.

Robots Are Easy to Program

People no longer have to learn complex programming languages to educate robots because modern bots can be taught using two simple methods:

•  The first method involves offline programming. The type of programming lets a user model a complete work area or cell and develops the sequence of moves for a task.
  The second method comprises of teaching a robot with a teach pendant. An engineer or programmer guides the robot through a succession of steps. With a few fine-tuning, the instructions are stored. The robot then runs through the program bit by bit to check for collisions with humans or objects. Upon multiple successful test runs, the robot can be operated at full speed.

Robotics Generate More Jobs

Earlier, many producers had to send jobs offshore as they could not compete with low-cost foreign labor. Now, robotic automation lets manufacturing companies compete by creating more openings in robotics and associated fields. Programming, engineering, operator, end-effecter design, data analysts, systems integration, and robot manufacturing processes are all necessary as humans are required to help service the machines. Robots facilitate manufacturers to lower costs and bring jobs back for workers. Additionally, the automated machine also protects workers from having to do recurring, mundane, and unsafe tasks that could negatively impact their aptitude to work.

New Capabilities

Robots are getting smarter, too. Early robots blindly followed the same path and later iterations used vision or lasers systems to detect the orientation of materials and parts, the most recent generations of robots can integrate data from multiple sensors and become accustomed to their movements in real-time. The process allows them, for instance, to use force feedback to impersonate the skill of a craftsman in deburring, grinding, or polishing applications. Additionally, they can also make use of more prevailing computer technology and big data-based analysis.

Robotic automation offers makers rising opportunities to save on costs, augment production, and remain competitive. Overall, the return on investment can equal development that not only increases profits but creates employment for a community and savings for consumers.



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