An industrial robot is an automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes, which may be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications. So there you have it, as defined in ISO 8373.
In 2015, robot sales increased by 15% to 253,748 units, again by far the highest level ever recorded for one year. The main driver of the growth in 2015 was general industry with an increase of 33% compared to 2014.
By 2019, some 2.6 million robot units will be working around the world. That’s another 1.4 million new industrial robots on today’s figures, according to the latest forecast from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). World Robotics 2016 Industrial Robots report
Competitiveness and safety are driving forces behind these record-breaking robotic trends. Locally, labour shortages for repetitive tasks are also major driver, with robots able to perform the same task over and over again accurately.
With industry experts predicting that robotics automation technologies are set to transform business operations as we’ve known them, perhaps you’ve thought about how they could transform your company’s operations too. What is certain is that leaders of companies in virtually every industry now need to start planning how they will step forward into growth by being equipped with robotics technologies or step back into (what they may think) is safety.
It’s no secret that robotics technologies automate repetitive, time consuming manual and often dangerous tasks and enable any enterprise to increase productivity, product quality and efficiencies – all of which leads to lower costs, increased profitability and customer satisfaction, and reduced OH&S risks.
What is often less understood are the processes involved in visioning, designing and commissioning a robotics system that realises your operational objectives…and how to calculate the rapid return on investment. Well, that’s where we step in…
What you’ll discover is that almost anything is possible. And while the robotics machines we supply from the world’s leading manufacturers come equipped with an array of dazzling features and can perform myriad functions, you may be surprised to discover that the system design ‘smarts’ reside in our human heads rather than the machines.
While robots come alive with programming – the functions that a robot fulfils are defined through business analysis and a thorough strategic review of a company’s requirements. This, of course, informs the development of best practice recommendations on how to apply robotic automation to realise a company’s business and operational objectives by re-engineering current processes.