Robots for manufacturing

Robots for manufacturing

Advantages

  • Ideal for repetitive, mundane tasks requiring extreme precision.
  • Can be used in hazardous environments not suitable for human operators.
  • Able to carry extremely heavy loads.
  • Highly flexible when responding to change.
  • Do not tire or suffer from lack of concentration and stress during long periods of time.
  • Cost effective as robots can operate continuously resulting in increased productivity.
  • Produce high-repeatability, high-quality products using highly accurate inspection and measurement sensors.

Disadvantages

  • Robots do not have an impressive array of sensors as humans e.g. touch, vision, hearing etc.
  • Robots do not have the ability to learn and make decisions when the required data does not exist.
  • Robots are not as flexible as humans and are harder to program to perform specific tasks.
  • Robotics technology is extremely expensive to purchase and install in automated manufacturing.
  • Human operators have to excluded from robot working areas due to safety issues.
  • High cost of making robot cells safe, including collision sensors.

Evaluation

"A reprogrammable device designed to both manipulate and transport parts, tools, or specialised manufacturing implements through variable programmed motions for the performance of specific manufacturing tasks."

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