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An industrial robot often takes the shape of a jointed structure that may be configured in various ways. The most popular categories in the robot industry are Articulated, SCARA, Cartesian, Parallel (or Delta), and Cylindrical. 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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Holland, MI  |  833-800-7630

JR Automation has extensive experience in a range of assembly solutions, from stand-alone operator-assisted stations to larger, fully automated assembly lines. We specialize in integrating assembly, welding, and material handling automation systems into your production process. Our solutions include feeding systems, riveting and screwdriving, palletizing and depalletizing, pick-and-place solutions, and more. Contact us to learn more!

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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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Dixon Automatic Tool, Inc. $$$

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 $$$

Bristol, PA  |  215-781-0500

Advent design has been in business for over 35 years providing custom automation solutions, engineering, integration solutions and machine safety services. Contact us today to discuss your project needs and see how we can help you achieve your goals.

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Advent Design Corporation $$$

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 $$$

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. $$$

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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Industrial robot architectures are created by connecting a variety of rotary and linear motions or joints. Each joint offers movement that, when combined, can place the robot framework, or robot arm, in a particular position. Six joints, or six degrees of freedom (more generally referred to as six axes), are needed to enable the capacity to position a tool installed on the robot's end at any location and any angle.

The area in which the robot operates is known as its working envelope. The robot may thus position a tool at any angle anywhere inside its active region. When a manipulator stretches out in all directions—forward, backward, up, and down—it forms this shape. The arm length and axis configuration of a robot affect these distances.

Articulated Robot

Articulated robots are those that have joints that can rotate. In robotics, these joints are frequently referred to as axes. Articulated robots, which often use servo motors to provide redundancy and improve access to tight locations, can be as simple as a two-axis construction or as complex as those with ten or more axes.

The jointed or articulated arm is the most typical configuration. This is incredibly flexible and closely resembles the human arm. Six rotational joints make up the framework, each mounted on the one before. They can position a tool in any orientation at a specified location and reach a point several ways within the operating envelope. Robots with articulated arms have complicated joint movements that can be challenging to visualize.

Each joint must support the weight of all the joints behind it; for example, joint three supports joints 4, 5, and 6 because of how the arm is built. These affect the robot's carrying capacity, the amount of weight it can lift, and its repeatability and precision. Structures are not particularly rigid, and the sum of all the axes determines the overall repeatability. However, most applications can now benefit from outstanding performance because of the rising performance of AC servo motors and advancements in mechanics.

Articulated robots use numerous processes, such as welding and painting. Typical robot sizes range from 1.6 to over 11.5 feet (0.5 to 3.5 m) in reach and from 6.6 to over 2204 pounds (3 to 1000 kg) in carrying capacity. In addition, some four-axis articulated arms have been created especially for tasks like picking, packaging, and palletizing, where the tool does not need to be oriented. As a result, only one wrist axe is needed instead of two. This robot can move heavier weights at faster speeds than identical machines with six axes.

articulated robot

SCARA

The articulated arm receives many benefits from the SCARA arrangement. The Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm arrangement was initially created for assembly purposes. The four-axis arm consists of a base rotation, a vertical linear motion, and two rotary motions occurring in the same vertical plane. The arm is extremely rigid in the vertical direction due to the arrangement and can also give compliance in the horizontal plane. It operates with extremely tight tolerances and offers fast speed and great acceleration.

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Parallel or Delta

One of the most recent configuration advancements is the parallel or delta robot configuration. This comprises devices with concurrent prismatic or rotational joints on the arms. These were designed as above-mounted devices, with connected arms below driven by base structure-mounted motors. This method has the advantage of reducing arm weight, allowing extremely fast acceleration and speed capabilities. However, they can only carry a payload of less than 17.6 lbs (8 kgs).

parallel robot

Cartesian

All industrial robots that only have linear drives for their three main axes and whose motions follow a Cartesian coordinate system fall under the Cartesian category. Although certain specialized variants have been produced with additional rotating axes attached to the last linear axis, these devices are typically only capable of having three axes. Both linear pick-and-place tools and gantry machines fall within this Cartesian category. These have a variety of configurations and can also be built from modular kits, giving designers the freedom to create a machine that meets a particular need.

Goalpost-style gantries and area gantries with two support structures are two different types. Less than one meter to several tens of meters in length can be found for the primary axis. Gantries are capable of supporting 6614 lbs (3000 kg) and can be highly robust. The fact that gantries are primarily overhead means that they have little effect on the manufacturing floor and manual access to the equipment. However, they are frequently more expensive than robots with comparable articulated arms.

cartesian robot

Cylindrical

The rotary and linear axes on these robots are often arranged in a pattern where the base rotates first. Next, there are vertical and horizontal linear axes, and finally, there are additional rotary axes at the wrist. They offer sturdy construction, good access to cavities, are simple to program and are straightforward to see. However, they need a room at the back of the arm. They are especially well suited for general pick-and-place tasks and machine tending.

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