As robots have been increasingly accepted in manufacturing they have been assigned different tasks in different organizations.
Under the influence of technology, the employment inclinations have changed. As a result, manufacturing jobs do not have many takers, and those that do can only perform jobs at the lowest levels. At these level, unionized employees are quite a cost to struggling manufacturers.
To control this, manufacturers have changed tack and are now making use of robots at their assembly lines. Robots can now be found in diverse industries manufacturing a diverse range of products, enhancing the lower level manufacturing employees to the levels of robot operators.
Assembly robots now have a variety of applications as listed.
The assembly line is the most prominent feature of a manufacturing company. This is where most of the organizations’ products are born.
Different components of a product travel down an assembly line. As they go along the line, they combine with other components at different. At the end of the line, the combined components emerge as a complete product ready for sale or use in another product.
Now, the contemporary assembly line is manned by robots. These robots are tasked with combining the different components to form the expected end product.
Robots are highly accurate and therefore the company experiences very minimal loss if it occurs.
Modern assembly robots can be configured with modern technology and software and hardware to perform the task of quality control. Robots are expected to check and verify that every product at every stage of assembly is at its highest quality. This reduces the production of defective products.
Robots can be fitted with specialized exterior hardware and a controlling software. The software and hardware provide the robot with the capacity of vision. Through the instructions provided by the software, the robot is able to measure the components dimensions as provided in its production software.
Used in highly controlled environments and products
As a result of advancements in technology, most products have become smaller including robots themselves. As a result, the manufacture of these smaller things has become more complicated and specialized requiring special people, equipment and manufacturing environments.
Assembly robots come in very handy for such product and processes. For example, the manufacture of electronic components such as mobile phones, computers and modern televisions involves very miniscule components that need to be placed on highly exact locations for them to work well. Assembly robots, with their high levels of precision and accuracy are effectively used for these tasks.
With increasing demand of products, manufacturers are hard pressed to produce more goods at all times. This, often leads to the production of low quality goods.
Enter assembly robots. Unlike human employees, robots can be set up to work 24/7. This will ensure that the producers can increase the supply of their products to meet the demand. In addition, they will produce cost efficient and high quality products which will lead to more customers and higher profits for the organization.
Handling dangerous tasks
Certain tasks on the assembly floor are considered dangerous and harmful to human beings. Tasks such as painting or lifting and carrying heavy objects around the factory are now handled by assembly robots. Paint is made of substances that can affect human health adversely. Robots on the other hand have no breathing system and can paint surfaces all day without the risk of respiratory diseases.
One of the new industries to adopt the use of robots is the healthcare industry. Robots are increasingly being used in surgeries and patient checkups.
Robots can reach further than the human hand and are more precise and accurate. As a result, they help surgeons conduct highly specialized operations that require high levels of precision.
Robots are increasing being used in medical cases such as transplants, which require that the organ or part of the organ are harvested with all their intricate parts whole and intact for them to be useful in the recipients body.