Industrial robotics is increasingly being used in all areas of the manufacturing sector, by companies large and small from all corners of the world. Such robots have been utilized since the 1970s, but the usage of industrial robots has really taken off in the last decade. So much so that the face of the manufacturing industry has been changed forever.
Manufacturers have seen enormous gains in productivity through the use of industrial robots. Robots are cheaper and faster than human workers. The usage of robots on manufacturing lines allows human employees to work jobs that are less dangerous, less repetitive, and better paid.
How Robots Have Changed Manufacturing
Robots have completely changed and improved the manufacturing world. As they become faster, smarter, and cheaper, they’re being called upon to do even more.
Robots do not tire, need breaks, call in sick, or go on strike. They have taken over a lot of repetitive, boring, and often dangerous jobs on the factory floor. Robots have increased productivity and have allowed more manufacturing to remain in South Africa as labor costs have become less of a factor.
While robots have eliminated a lot of lower-skilled manufacturing jobs, they have created quite a few high-skilled jobs. The cost savings and productivity improvements caused by manufacturing robots have allowed companies to invest in innovation, which has, in turn, created jobs in such areas as engineering and product design.
Of course, this shift in the nature of manufacturing jobs can cause some economic dislocation. The imperative for companies is to help train their workforce to be able to occupy the more highly skilled manufacturing jobs of the future.
In the long run, robots will benefit the entire economy by making goods cheaper and easier to manufacture. People will spend less of their disposable income on robotically manufactured products, saving more money for other things.
Characteristics Of Industrial Robots
There are several defining characteristics that separate industrial robots from other types of robots. For one, they must be fully automated. They also need to be programmable. Finally, true industrial robots can move on two or perhaps more axes.
Applications Of Industrial Robots
There are many different applications for industrial robots. In fact, these applications are limited only by the ingenuity of the people who design and program the machines. Some typical uses for industrial robots include painting, making circuit boards, packaging, loading pallets, inspecting products, testing products, and performing welds. The exacting standards of engineering and programming ensure that industrial robots operate with a high degree of precision, speed, and inhuman endurance.