In the 1960s, industrial robots were first introduced to automotive manufacturing by way of the General Motors’ plant in New Jersey. They were used to dip incredibly hot auto parts into a cooling liquid on a production line, protecting the safety of human workers and increasing efficiency. Since then, industrial robots have completely revolutionized the way manufacturing plants operate, providing more safe working environments and increased productivity.
The use of industrial robots will only continue to grow. In fact, it’s estimated that the industrial robot market will expand to $66 billion by 2027. If you’re interested in learning more about articulated robot uses, here are 5 popular industrial robot applications that are seen a cross industries.
Of course, one of the most popular things that industrial robots are known for is assembling. Robots have functioned as part of manufacturing assembly lines for decades now and they’re not going away any time soon. While they started in the automotive industry, assembly robots have moved way beyond the automotive production floor and can be found in all manufacturing plants.
Assembly robots are used for tasks that are repetitive and oftentimes dangerous. The ability for robots to take over these tasks means that human workers can spend their time learning new skills or doing work that requires more skill. Assembly robots are controlled via a computer and can be automated to perform tasks on their own. They typically look like a robotic arm that makes incredibly precise movements through bending, twisting, and pinching.
While many robotic arms are automated to perform tasks in an assembly line, some assembly robots are controlled in real time by humans. This specific style of robot requires a factory worker to be well-versed in all areas of the mechanism, which can call for upskilling or further education.  These types of robots also require technicians to update, maintain, and repair them. While assembly robots are sometimes feared as being “job takers,” the reality is that they can create jobs and also create opportunities for workers to grow.
Handling & Picking Robots
Within warehouses and factories, a common task that needs to be executed on a daily basis is the handling and transporting of goods. Especially as companies expand their warehouses, the need for efficient and accurate transportation is required. Picking and handling robots fulfill this need. They not only reduce the need for human workers to participate in low-value tasks, the robots once again add an element of safety.
Self-driving forklifts and autonomous mobile robots reduce injuries and even deaths within warehouses. Once these robots make a map of the facility in which they’re located, they can travel from one location to the other, all the while avoiding obstacles in the process.
These robots are also used within the assembly line to load and unload goods from the conveyor line, package them and…