"The king stared at the figure in astonishment. It walked with rapid strides, moving its head up and down, so that anyone would have taken it for a live human being. The artificer touched its chin, and it began singing, perfectly in tune. He touched its hand, and it began posturing, keeping perfect time”
Many of us today could read the above story without second-guessing for a moment that it’s about a robot so life-like, that’s it mistaken for a live human. The catch about this story though, is that it’s about the first ever robot created, and this short fable dates back to the 3rd Century BC during the Zhou Dynasty in Ancient China.
Robots have come a long way since then, and rather than conjuring a sense of awe and fascination as they would have done in the 3rd Century BC, today they are a normal part of life not worth batting an eye at.
In this post, the CeMAT team is looking to rejig the excitement of our mechanical assistants as we delve into the industrial applications for robotics.
Industrial robots: why they’re so well suited to industrial applications
An industrial robot needs to do more for industry today than sing while rapidly striding. An industrial robot needs to be automated, programmable, and capable of moving on two or more axes (generally just meaning side-to-side and up and down in many cases). This sounds very specific, but specificity is required when robots are performing fine-tuned tasks like welding or picking and placing.
Not only are there many different robots for different purposes, robots today have varying degrees of autonomy. Some robots exist merely to carry out the same task over and over, while others are programmed to be more flexible.
As industry builds upon technological applications at an exponential rate, we’ll begin to see robots in fast food restaurants, super markets, cinemas, even in our own homes passing us the butter or cooking our meals. But already, we’re seeing robots creep into many aspects of logistics and supply chain management and we’ve listed just a few below.
Automation robot applications
Using robotics to automate production is an easy way to save time and money while also running a consistent operation. Robots reduce waste and produce high quality products. When it comes to automation, robotics can assist with:
- Business administration processes
- IT support processes
- Workflow processes
- Remote infrastructure
- Supply chain management
- Data entry
- Purchase order issuing
Material handling robot applications
Material handling robots also help to automate dull or unsafe processes in production, and when it comes to product movements around a shop floor, they can also help create a more efficient production line. When utilised in material handling, robotics can assist with:
- Loading and unloading
- Machine feeding or disengaging
- Machine tending
- Pick and place
- Part transfer
If you’re keen to learn more about robot process automation, then register your visitor pass for CeMAT AUSTRALIA 2018. There will be sections dedicated to picking and packing, unloading, automation and more.