The industrial robotic arm is an outstanding figure in most manufacturing factories. In the race to automate manufacturing processes and to create high-quality products, organizations are snapping them up.
There are different types of industrial robotic arms, and manufacturing entities buy them depending on the process they want to automate. Also, they have different functioning modes. They are an important addition to any factory intent on producing a high quality product and whose production processes may need streamlining and simplification for a much better process to the end product.
Read on to know and understand how an industrial robotic arm can benefit your organization.
Lift or hold heavy weights for long periods of time
In the manufacturing process, it takes a substantial amount of time for a product to be completed. Within this period, the factory worker will need to hold the product with one hand as they work on it or lay on a surface yet they need to view all sides of the product as they work on it for a high quality product.
In the factory, after the production process, packed end products need to be palletized in preparation for shipping. Usually packed products in box cases or different methods of packing are substantially heavy.
Enter the industrial robotic arm. This robotic arm can be used to hold a piece of product that is being worked on and thus helping the worker work efficiently with both hands to build a high quality product. Also, it can be used to palletize large amounts of cases within no time since it can hold large weights easily.
Streamline bottlenecks in the production process
The industrial robotic arm has a range of tasks it can be applied to in a busy factory floor. One application is picking and placing products. Usually, the production process flows on a conveyor that allows production to take place in successive phases. Pick and the place is usually the last stage of the conveyor belt process. Rather than having human workers carry out this process inefficiently, factories can assign this duty to a robotic arm.
Equipped with the necessary features, the robot arm will pick products that reach the end of the conveyor belt and place them accurately in packaging boxes ready for shipping.
They enhance the safety of the workplace
Industrial robotic arms also help increase the safety of the workplace. In addition to accidents ta the workplace, factory workers usually get injuries as a result of repetitive tasks. These injuries are known as repetitive work injuries. They usually affect workers that lift heavy loads all day, hold onto different products especially when carrying out tasks such as screwing, welding or polishing. Repetitive work injuries cost the factory money and time that the workers are out of work recovering.
By automating these tasks and assigning them to industrial robotic arms, the risk of repetitive work injuries drastically reduce thus saving the factory compensation money and time as the workers are able to work effectively on other tasks that will not lead to injury.
The industrial robot arm also is itself a safe robot for factory workers to with. Unlike the traditional robot, it is designed to work in close proximity to human workers and therefore has inbuilt safety features that sense human presence. These features allow it to control how far or fast it can go thus enhancing safety on the factory floor.
They create consistency in production
Industrial robotic arms are programmed to perform tasks. Therefore, they complete tasks according to the instructions provided to them. Then, this means that, in the course of completing their tasks, they will follow a production process for a particular product precisely. As a result, the end products will all be similar without the slightest hint of a fault or variation on a few products. This then leads to consistent quality on the products that a factory produces for sale.