The Rise of the Machines INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS-‘FAVOURING' THE AUTOMATION
ELE Times|December 2019
A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over Robotics is everywhere: be it Industry, Infrastructures, Healthcare, Retail, Education, Security, Agriculture or Tourism
Nikita Sharma

It has been a decade since the inception of the Industry 4.0. Advanced robotics systems are ready to transform industrial operations. Compared with conventional robots, advanced robots have a superior perception, adaptability, integrability, and mobility. These improvements permit faster setup, commissioning, and reconfiguration, as well as more efficient and stable operations. Taken together, these improvements mean that advanced robots will be able to perform many tasks more economically than the previous generation of automated systems.

The hullabaloo of Industrial automation has established a great shape and is already streamlining the manufacturing process, as the industrial robots are consistently used for assembling products, spray painting, cutting and polishing, inspection of products, handling dangerous materials, and whatnot.

In this piece, ELE Times has portrayed today’s unprecedented trends and technologies in the robotics technology for the industrial automation.

Industrial Robots already

in race The fourth industry revolution is at a win with the emergence of intelligent industrial robotics on factory floors. Although, the robots have been used by the manufacturers for quite a long time. The constant development of robotic technologies has undoubtedly broadened potential applications for smart industrial robots. Robotics experts are working day in and day out to leverage the industrial automation with all dimensions. Here, we have a list of some of the latest industrial robots and their applications:

ABB’s IRB 1100

ABB’s IRB 1100 is its smallest, lightest robot to date and is part of its growing offering of solutions for small parts assembly. The robot is designed to meet the unique challenges of semiconductor, pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturers, who need to handle small and often delicate parts while working at speed and maintaining both high productivity and quality.

The IRB 1100 offers up to 35 per cent faster cycle times to maximize productivity and best-in-class repeatable accuracy. Powered by ABB’s new OmniCore controller, the IRB 1100 is equipped with advanced motion control capabilities, making it ideal for supporting rapid assembly, pick and place and material handling applications.

Flexibility is another important consideration for small parts assembly, as manufacturers need to increasingly accommodate smaller lots of greater variety in much shorter product cycles. The IRB 1100 has a ten per cent smaller footprint and is 20 percent lighter. It has a slim body compared to previous robot generations, so it can be flexibly deployed in confined spaces and into existing automation lines.

Applications: Assembly & Testing, Loading & Unloading, Screw driving, Rubber insertion

Mobile Industrial Robots MiR1000

The MiR1000 is designed to do just that with a payload of 1000kg. The robot requires cutting-edge technologies to make this heavy-duty lifting possible.

The robot requires six laser scanners, 3D cameras, and an artificially intelligent camera to be exact. The scanners are strategically positioned to gather sensory data under, over, outward and above the mobile robot, providing 360-degree coverage of the environmental landscape that it needs to navigate through. The scanners also provide a safety field surround the robot, just in case something or someone takes a wrong step, the robot stops instantly. The 3D cameras lookout and above two meters in the air, to ensure the pathway is clear. An optional AI camera identifies objects and uses machine learning to make real-time decisions on the action to take.

Just like the Honeywell AMR, the applications of MiR robots are varied and flexible. A software program controls a single robot via app allowing users to change the route of the robot in a couple of minutes and program a completely different task. A fleet controller software program connects all of the MiR robots in a traffic control interface to make sure they work together or at the very least, around each other.

Applications: Artificial Intelligence

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