Articulated robots can also effortlessly reach into a machine tool section and under obstructions to gain access to a work piece. Sealed joints and protective sleeves enable articulated robots to excel in clean and unclean environments alike.
FREMONT, CA: There is a bustle in the manufacturing sector about robots and how they can facilitate manufacturers to address some of the issues they face in present day’s market, like improved productivity and the shortage of skilled workers. The instance begs for the question, how can different types of robots advance an actual manufacturing operation? Here is an overview of two types of industrial robots that all manufacturers should know.
1. Articulated Robots
Much like CNC mills, articulated robots are categorized by the number of points of rotation or axes they encompass. The most popular is the 6-axis articulated robot, and there are also four and seven axis units on the market.
Dexterity, flexibility, and reach make articulated robots preferably suited for tasks that span non-parallel planes like machine tending. Articulated robots can also effortlessly reach into a machine tool section and under obstructions to gain access to a work piece. Sealed joints and protective sleeves enable articulated robots to excel in clean and unclean environments alike. The potential for installing an articulated robot on any surface, such as a ceiling or a sliding rail accommodates a wide choice of working options.
The complexity of an articulated robot comes with a higher charge compared to other robot types with similar payloads. Articulated robots are less suited than different types of robots for high-speed applications due to their more complex kinematics and reasonably more distinguished component mass.
2. SCARA Robots
A Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm (SCARA) is an exceptional and cost-effective option for performing functions between two parallel planes, for instance, transferring parts from a tray to a conveyor. SCARA robots excel at vertical assembly tasks like inserting pins without binding due to their vertical stiffness. Additionally, the robots are lightweight and contain small footprints, making them ideal for employing in crowded spaces. They are also competent in fast cycle times. Due to their unchanging swing arm design that is an advantage in particular applications, SCARA robots face restrictions when it comes to tasks that need working around or reaching inside objects like jigs, fixtures, or machine tools in a work cell.