At one time, the idea of robotics in manufacturing seemed like science fiction, an advancement for the distant future of fabrication. After all, as How Stuff Works points out, “break things down to the original Latin and manufacturing is literally a matter of using your hands (manu) to make things (factura).” Over the past half-century, however, robots have become increasingly popular production tools. The IFR, or International Federation of Robotics, reported: “robot sales increased by 29 percent to 229,261 units” in 2014 and noted: “sales of all industrial robots to all industries increased compared to 2013.” In a recent survey, PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that “59 percent of [manufacturers] are already using some sort of robotics technology.” Robotics are undoubtedly on the rise—if your company isn’t already using them, you probably will be soon.
As a multi-service manufacturer’s support facility, Eagle Engineering provides customized robotics solutions for our clientele. We can help you bring your operations into the twenty-first century with modern machinery and sophisticated software to match. In the following blog, we discuss robotics and the importance of having the right integrated applications for these types of devices.
Benefits of Robotics in Manufacturing
Robotics is a monumental development in modern manufacturing. Many corporations have invested in this type of technology because robotic tools can:
- Automate key aspects of your production processes
- Make your manufacturing more efficient
- Improve the quality of your output with engineered precision (especially when paired with appropriate software and computerized controls)
- Reduce your costs in labor and supplies
- Free up employees’ time to focus on more pivotal, profitable tasks
- Keep your workplace safe, particularly when robots automate dangerous tasks or put preventive security measures (such as screens, lights, shields, locks, or barriers) in place
- Help you avoid the need to outsource
If you’re looking for a way to optimize your output and better serve your customers, robotics could be the answer.
The Importance of Integrated Applications
As PriceWaterhouseCoopers explains: “Industrial robots are on the verge of revolutionizing manufacturing. As they become smarter, faster, and cheaper, they’re being called upon to do more. They’re taking on more ‘human’ capabilities and traits such as sensing, dexterity, memory, and trainability.” Contemporary robots can do a lot, but can yours do exactly what you need them to? Every manufacturer has particular needs, so your robots will need to be sufficiently specialized. In order to make the most of this technology, your robotics would also ideally be multifunctional (able to perform multiple functions) and interoperable (able to transmit information to and from other machines).
This is where integrated applications come in. Each robotic device is like a new employee at your manufacturing facility. As with hiring human workers, you’ll need to choose robotics tools that can perform the required tasks and work well with your other systems. For these reasons, it’s important to carefully consider and choose the right integrated applications. A successful robot combines and coordinates various pieces of hardware and software to perform its functions.
How Our Team Can Help
If you’re ready to upgrade your manufacturing capabilities with robotics, Eagle Engineering’s team of technicians can assist you. We will help you pick, put together, or even custom make a robotic system to suit your needs and preferences. Our engineers can help you establish what you need your machine to do, develop a design for it, equip it with the proper parts, load the right software so you can guide its operations, and ensure that its components integrate well. We can also add robotic fixtures to existing machinery to improve it.
For example, we created a turnkey robotic glue application cell for one of our clients. This multi-axis robot combines with air vacuum holding fixtures and a Graco glue dispensing system to manufacture windshields. To ensure that it had the right integrated applications, the Eagle Engineering team designed and manufactured this device. Our technicians developed it to complete every operation successfully and fit in with the client’s other machinery.
Contact Eagle Engineering Today
Are you looking for a robotics solution with the right integrated applications? To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact Eagle Engineering today.