We're living in a time and age where every industry is dependent on robots and automated functioning. With lack of skilled labour in many organisations and the need for reducing the overhead expenditure increasing, Industrial robots have proven to be a boon in recent times! Here is a basic introductory knowledge about Industrial Robots. 

1. Integration and Ancillary Equipment design is crucial to success

An industrial robot without proper integration and programming is simply a fancy set of metal arms, servo motors and cabling. The typical Industrial robots are integrated with several components to create an entire robotic cell to take in feed product through a process of packing, machining, assembly, inspection, palletizing or placement. Some of the components that may be integrated could include:

Pallet Conveyor
Pallet Dispenser & Stackers
Stretch Wrappers
Pop-Up Transfers
Transfer & Shuttle Cars

2. Effective end of Arm Tooling shouldn’t be overlooked

End-of-Arm-Tooling (EoAT) is the core in a robotic system. Some common EoATs can be purchased “off the shelf” while the majority of EoATs are developed from the ground up by robotic integrators. The EoATs directly have an interface with the customers because of which the design is very important in order to meet the proper specifications and functionality without damaging, dropping or infringing upon the quality of the product. At Malles Automation, we provide the best of expertise to produce the most innovative and reliable EoATs in the industry.

3. Industrial Robots are safe to own and operate

Safety is important in any line of work and we make sure that the safety of the robot is number one on the priority list. Safety in robotics has been defined in safety standards published by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) that pave way to safe design and implementing in robotic systems.

4. Industrial Robots improve operator ergonomics

Industrial robotic systems provide an improved environment to work in. The ergonomic benefits of using a mechanical device to handle sharp or heavy objects or work in a hazardous environment can increase employee retention and reduce costly workplace injury claims.

5. Industrial Robots can do some pretty cool things

Malles Automation has implemented robotics in applications such as 3D bin picking, case packing, palletizing, pick and place, machine tending, and mobile robotics. With the emerging field of collaborative robots, the breadth of applications is always expanding. The only limitation at this point is the imagination and creativity of owners, operators and engineers.

6. Industrial Robots improve speed and quality

Whether it’s the delta-style robot performing a pick-and-place procedure at nearly 300 picks per minute or a machine tending robot placing a part into a CNC machine at a fraction of a millimetre repeatability, robots are capable of performing any given task in ways humans cannot. Typically, robots will experience a trade-off between speed and payload. However, technology advances are allowing robots to move heavier products faster than ever.

7. Selecting an Industrial Robot

From a high level, the main specifications to keep in mind while selecting a robot are the payload and reach. Beyond those two main specifications, the type of robot, manufacturer, speed, configuration and software options are additional criteria that must be established per the application. There are hundreds of software options that can typically be applied to a given robot and controller, thus it’s important to understand the robotic programming details and requirements prior implementing.

8. Many of the Main Robot manufacturers can be easily identified by the colour of the robot
ABB: White
Fanuc: Yellow
Yaskawa/Motoman: Blue
Kuka: Orange
Kawasaki: White

9. Industrial Robots have a varied Axis-Configuration
1. Axis Robot: Linear guide system for transferring parts in a single line of motion.
2. Axis Robot: Typically in an XY or YZ configuration, these are often in the form of two adjoining linear guides.
3. Axis Robot: Typically in an XYZ configuration, these tend to be in the form of two adjoining linear guides and a third axis guide or cylinder.
4. Axis Robot: A more conventional arm that’s typically used in palletizing applications in which the face plate is always parallel with the ground. It has the ability to rotate the object it is picking.
5. Axis Robot: Similar to a conventional four-axis robot but adds the ability to rotate the object it is picking.
6. Axis Robot: Offers the most flexibility with six axes all the way from the base axis for full robot rotation to the sixth axis for rotating the “wrist” or faceplate. Has full yaw/pitch/roll capability of the object its picking.
7. Axis Robot: A six-axis robot which is placed on a rail or some means to move it from one place to another in a linear direction.

10. Industrial Robots Reduce Labour Costs

Robotics potential is tapped by most organisations to reduce the labour cost. Be it a remote location where consistent labour is hard to find or a desire to utilize their workforce on tasks that require more advanced techniques and acumen. Return on investments for these applications can frequently fall between one to two years.