3 Industrial Robot Designs That Help Factory Work Easier
There was a time when factories were not yet automated. During those times, workers toiled for long hours in the production line to produce cars, appliances and other products. When technology started catching up, more and more machines were becoming part of the production line. Industrial robots started showing up in production lines in the US, then around the world. Your car would not have been made without an industrial robot. Your TV, your refrigerator, your appliances were all made with the help of industrial robots. They made the production line more safe and efficient. More machines were being produced and sold. Eventually, industry and economy grew.
However, the development of industrial robots is an ongoing process. New technologies are making the industrial robot even more efficient. Want to know more about them? Here are three industrial robot designs that can help factory work easier:
Engineers are starting to develop technology that allows an industrial robot to feel tactile sensations. Robots with that kind of sensitivity will be able to handle machine work even more efficiently. Picture a robot trying to put a circular peg into a square hole. Having a sense of touch will allow the robot to understand why the peg cannot fit into the hole. This will make tasks even less complicated. Aside from that, an industrial robot will be able to tell the difference of dispensing valves from other shapes. Transfer or lift of objects will be easier for a robot that has the sense of touch.
Right now, industrial robots are all limbs, no eyes. Visual technology is still at its infancy and are currently being developed. However, there are industrial robots that have cameras attached to their bodies. These cameras work as a set of eyes for the robot. Through these cameras, the robot can experience the sense of sight and can comprehend visual images. Visual recognition lets the robot understands its surroundings. It will be able to know when to stop and go or what to pick. It will recognize images that are required for construction or for extraction. This sense of sight lets the industrial robot take control of its work place.
Flexibility and dexterity
Robot today are infants. They are only learning how to walk, some still learning how to crawl. In order to be fully realized, industrial robots must master learn flexibility and dexterity. An industrial robot must learn how to maneuver its hand into grasping a small thing like a dispensing valve. It must know how to drop stuff. It must know how to transfer stuff from one spot to another. These involve further study in the field of robotics but we are getting there.