Robots, Shop Personnel Collaborate, Maximizing Synergy and Safety

September 12, 2017 -

Source: Advanced manufacturing

By Bill Kennedy

Efficient manufacturing calls for coordinated systems of shop personnel, equipment and software. These systems increasingly include robotic technology, as manufacturers recognize the reliability, repeatability and flexibility that robots provide. According to the International Federation of Robotics, the number of industrial robots in use worldwide will increase to around 2.6 million by 2019, about one million more than in 2015. Approximately 70% of industrial robots are used in the automotive, electrical/electronics and metal and machinery industries.

Safety is the first consideration in any manufacturing operation; safe use of industrial robots traditionally has required maintaining set distances between shop-floor personnel and robots, and positioning guards and cages around the robots to prevent worker injuries. A growing assortment of robots, software and implementation strategies is aimed at closer and more productive interaction between humans and robots.

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