How to Select Industrial Robots Industrial robots are programmable manipulators that contain rotary and/or prismatic joints in order to perform precise, repetitive movements.  They are designed to move parts, tools, materials, and devices through variable, programmed motions. Types of Industrial Robots The GloblaSpec SpecSearch database contains information about these types of robots.  Articulated robots have arms with rotary joints. They provide greater flexibility...
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We asked our users for their input on Robots (Industrial). Here are the results of 210 users familiar with Robots (Industrial).

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

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What new technologies are influencing industrial robot design?
36 answers
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Welding on the fly for Remote Laser Weld Applications. External axis control, Master & slave robots for suspension weld applications. For the future maybe robot controls should be able to take some PLC functions, by avoiding extra PLC for easy applications.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Puebla, Mexico
Linear motor for high speed light weight handling processes. Home and health robotics assistants with focus on communication and safe motions.
~Michael P, System Sales Engineer, Stockholm, Sweden
Off line programming, short set up times. Customers need smaller production quantities and shorter delivery times.
~Janne V, R&D Engineer, Joensuu, FInland
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial robots?
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Stäubli has to be one of the first to mention here - e.g. a laser application where the laser is kept inside the arm instead of the wire harness which had to go outside. ABB has come up with an interesting concept of safe move, Kuka has some pretty good ideas too and Fanuc is steady with solid improvements. Always admired Adept for their innovations.
~Werner F, Engineering Consultant, Aucklanf, New Zealand
We are standardized with the robots from one brand and from the big robot companies you can get every type you need for that applications, which are your specialty. They are all innovative Motoman, FANUC, KUKA, ABB.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Puebla, Mexico
Industry sector: Motoman, Fanuc, Kuka, ABB Home robotics: Many not so known companies and high technical schools. Festo has some interesting ideas of bionic learning from animals and nature.
~Michael P, System Sales Engineer, Stockholm, Sweden
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used industrial robots for?
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Process Planning for Weld Assembly Lines (GMAW, Resistance Spot Weld, Projection Weld, Laser Weld & Material Handling) in Automotive Industry for BIW assemblies and/or GMAW suspension assemblies. Including Simulation for difficult areas to weld.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Puebla, Mexico
A five foot Robot was built with 24 functions that could: 1 Walk to the refrigerator 2 Open the door 3 Reach for a beer 4 Bring it to your table 5 Serve it to you if needed
~Berneil G, Engineering Teacher (Retired)-( Nine World Records), SacramentoCity Schools, CA
Weighing, 3D-vision, packing fresh chicken fillets etc. in trays in customized patterns, up to 150.000 trays per day with 4 ABB 360 Flexpickers with a giveaway less than 2 grams per tray.
~Bjorn P, Research & Development, Aarhus, Denmark
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that industrial robots have been used for.
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Kiwi fruit sorting in NZ with ABB Flexpicker, Kuka robot for sheep processing in Australia and NZ (Y-cut - pelt cutting), fish deboning with water jet (R&D trial), palletizing of flour bags and lots more.
~Werner F, Engineering Consultant, Aucklanf, New Zealand
I believe: (A) Come up with a product that the "General Population" cannot live without! (B) Build it, and assemble it, with new "non standard" robots!
~Berneil G, Engineering Teacher (Retired)-( Nine World Records), SacramentoCity Schools, CA
Large scale cnc milling for composite tooling, fun rides for entertainment, automated scanning, surface assessment, & filling and fairing of large yacht and ship hulls.
~Engineer, Sjuntorp, Sweden
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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Robots will get more and more android functions to use them also for maintenance tasks in an automotive industrial environment together with the vision systems. Robots can be used in automated cells, where a human being is not allowed by safety reasons to be, when your process requires part location during the welding operation without interrupting it.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Puebla, Mexico
Development of long-range robots, medium load, standard equipped with an easy programmable vision. Additionally, there is often a need for a swivel on the 6 axis, a good pre-assembled would often give a better stability.
~Mogens B.P., Project Manager, Galten, Denmark
Intelligent grippers with more sensing and better control of forces and with possibility to handle fragile objects with complex shapes. Robots that can see and have some self learning capability.
~Michael P, System Sales Engineer, Stockholm, Sweden
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using industrial robots?
23 answers
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Are you working on a robot project, then evaluate whether it is a standard task or to develop entirely new methods. Is it a simple pick and place, there are many vendors who can do the job. If it's rather a task which is in development tools and peripheral equipment it's a good idea to find suppliers with experience in that particular specialty. Always ask for references and use them constructively in selecting the right supplier.
~Mogens B.P., Project Manager, Galten, Denmark
Price should not be first priority. Robot selection has to be solid, from speed, payload, space and end effector requirements to the interfacing and integration requirements, mechanically and from the IP point of view. Look at quality, service agents and their track record, spare part availability and serviceability.
~Werner F, Engineering Consultant, Aucklanf, New Zealand
Think through the process; select not only the correct robot, but also pay attention to infeed and outfeed equipment and ensure that part presentation is accurate and repeatable.
~Jeff G, Marketing/Sales, Melbourne, Australia
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