The versatility the industrial sector requires has a solution that has been on our planet for 200 years: robots. The Industrial Revolution and the subsequent production of industrial robots have been advantageous in a number of areas, saving costs, time, and energy, and leading to greater productivity.
Industrial robots and human risk
The main purpose of industrial robots is to automate processes and manufacturing systems with respect to three key elements: cost, time, and quality. However, industrial robots also eliminate the human risk involved in dangerous manufacturing procedures.
Many see robots as a replacement for human labor, but the integration of robots into industrial processes also helps routine, dangerous, heavy work get done efficiently and in a safe manner.
The human operator, therefore, is freed up to pursue other dimensions of job improvement. This elimination of hazards is one of the greatest advantages of robotic automation.
The efficiency of industrial robots
Another advantage is the speed with which robots carry out procedures. Industrial robots can work ceaselessly without any need for breaks, thereby increasing efficiency and throughput.
The use of robots optimizes production time, and increases the productive volume from 10 to 30%. Delivery times and order intake times are shorter, thereby resulting in flexible responses to customer requests.
Standardization of products
Industrial robots can manufacture standardized products, since they can foresee aspects such as quality control and work control. Human workers who are exhausted by routine, simple processes can cause errors over time. Industrial robots have a minimum margin of error due to repeat precision, resulting in less material waste and reduced costs.
An example is loading a molding press into a machine tool for aluminum oil filters. The integration of industrial robots into the process reduced rejected products from 10% to 2%.
Industrial robots make use of sensors that allow raw materials to be handled more delicately, thereby avoiding damage and providing higher quality products.
Industrial robots save energy
This sounds strange, but is actually true. The latest developments integrated into industrial robots have cut energy costs by 26%. To enjoy these energy savings, it’s necessary to choose the optimum location for your industrial robot.
Industrial robots help manufacturers save approximately 6% on heating costs and eliminate the need for unnecessary lighting.
One way to save energy with robotic systems is to slightly accelerate and decelerate, and avoid using high precision in processes such as trajectory curves.