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Industrial robots are the result of manufacturing and production operations constantly searching for more efficient methods to complete the assembly and fabrication of products. Once considered science fiction, robots have become an essential part of modern production operations. Read More…

Industrial Robots Industrial robots are the result of manufacturing and production operations constantly searching for more efficient methods to complete the assembly and fabrication of products. Once considered science fiction, robots have become an essential part of modern production operations.
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Rockford, IL  |  888-375-3000

A recognized leader in automated assembly products. Stay competitive with Dixon's robotic screwdrivers, auto-fed screw & nut drivers, auto-fed part placers, parts feeding systems & assembly cells, including robotic assembly & vision. Every Dixon product is manufactured to assure accuracy & dependability for repetitive assembly. Dixon supports Machine Integrators with assembly products & stations. Contact us today and we will help you find the best product for your application!

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Tempe, AZ  |  877-410-3265

IPE Aerospace can provide complete turn-key, custom-fit, factory-finish custom equipment solutions to help you create the best possible product. Our multidisciplined engineering team (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic) is ready to work with you to design and build equipment to solve your most challenging production issues. Contact us today and let IPE's experienced engineers work with you to develop the perfect solution for your application.

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IPE Aerospace $$$

Erie, PA  |  814-835-6000

We have an extensive selection of products to pick from and we are confident we can find the perfect solution for your application. Our world-class items are proven for reliability and longevity. You can count on us to supply you with the best.

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Eriez $$$

Warren, MI  |  517-512-4233

Eckhart designs, builds, and sustains assembly lines for the largest operations in the world. Solutions include lift assists, torque systems, conveyance, AGVs, robotics, collaborative robotics, 3D printed tooling, poka-yokes, sub-assembly stations, and error proofing vision systems.

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Eckhart $$$

Bethel, CT  |  203-778-2727

Del-Tron Precision is your one-stop shop for ball & crossed roller slides, multi-axis positioning and motor-ready lead screw stages, air actuators, recirculating slide guides and crossed roller rail sets. Custom linear slides are available.

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Del-Tron Precision, Inc. $$$

Burton, MI  |  810-742-8540

Flexible Automation specializes in small component & high-speed, robotic, vision guidance assembly systems, & turn-key factory automation & assembly machines. With ultra-sonic welding equipment & diversified experience, if you need it, we know how to build it. Our custom automation solutions serve medical, automotive, electronics & aerospace industries.

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Flexible Automation, Inc. $$$

Apex, NC  |  919-772-0115

ATI is a recognized leader in Automated Assembly Products and Services. To stay competitive, take advantage of our products such as Auto-fed Part Placers, Pick & Place Mechanisms, Placer/Presses, and Feed Systems.

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ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. $$$

Belleville, NJ  |  800-822-8629

If you are looking for quality assembly machinery, you’ve come to the right place! We have years of manufacturing experience in pneumatic, vacuum, and conveying. Our goal is to provide the perfect solution to your automated equipment needs. We provide our products for companies around the world to ensure that your needs are met 100 percent of the time. Contact us today for details!

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Designed, perfected, and engineered to meet the needs of an assortment of applications, industrial robots are capable of performing a wide range of tasks, from simply moving boxes to completely finishing and shipping a product. In the thirty years since their inception, they have moved from an engineer’s vision to a foundational and necessary part of industrial operations.

What are Industrial Robots?

It is difficult to make a blanket statement describing industrial robots since there are so many varieties and uses. Despite this, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed a concise and general definition that can be applied to all forms of industrial robots.

ISO directive 8373:2012 defines an industrial robot as, “An automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes, which can be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications.”

There’s an endless number of functions robots perform efficiently, quickly, and continuously. From welding a seam to complex assemblies, they have proven to be a time and cost saving method to enhance industrial operations.

Types of Industrial Robots

The many technological advancements in robotics and automation have led to a rapid rise in the use of robots in manufacturing. Their accuracy and precision have greatly expanded their use to include tasks that require errorless repeatability. The fact that robots can work continuously without the need for a break or rest has helped manufacturers increase production and output.

Industrial robots are broken into six basic types with many variations within each type. The generally accepted types are articulated, cartesian, selective compliance assembly robot arm (SCARA), delta, polar, and cylindrical.

When a manufacturer is considering the implementation of a robotic system, there are certain factors they assess to determine the correct device for the job. Factors that are incorporated into the decision making process are load, orientation, speed, precision, duty cycle, environment, and profitability. Robotics producers provide data and engineering details regarding conditions where robots have been successfully integrated into production processes to assist manufacturers in choosing a robotic system for their operation.

Industrial Robot Functions

When discussing industrial robots, engineers refer to them by their function, such as material handling, palletizing, assembling, packaging, and welding. A second defining factor is the movement of a robot’s joints or axes, which can be two or more depending on the robot’s design. Function and movement determine a robot's usefulness in a production operation.

There are a number of tasks that can be performed by a robot, from very simple actions such as picking up and moving boxes to more complicated behaviors that involve several actions at the same time. Initially, robots were designed to perform highly repetitive and simple applications such as placing a single spot weld.

Over the last thirty years, robots have progressed from being another type of novelty machine to complex free moving devices that are capable of assessing their surroundings and determining a path to follow. It is this aspect of their development and expansion that is going to transform the future of industrial manufacturing.