What Are Robots Used For?

When you hear the word ‘robot’ you might think of R2-D2 from Star Wars, or some other science-fiction character. However, as technology has been rapidly developing in recent decades, robots transformed from mere ideas into real things which can now be used for an impressive range of applications. For example, have you seen the impressive dance of Paralympic Snowboarder Amy Purdy with a KUKA robot at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games in Rio?

Nowadays robots can be used for all sorts of automation projects that can help businesses enhance their production lines, increase productivity and efficiency and in turn, profits. Below, we’ve outlined some of the most popular types of robotic automation and what they can be used for.

  1. Desktop Robots

These represent the types of robots that can be easily used to work alongside humans safely without the need of extra precautions. Desktop robots are a great choice for daily tasks and have an impressive variety of applications, making them perfect for smaller automation projects, for example if you’d like to automate pouring a beer, assembling small items.

Check out this desktop robot pouring beer!

  1. Industrial Robots

At the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find industrial robots are extremely useful in larger automation projects. They can be used in all sorts of industries, from the automotive industry to packaging or other manufacturing domains. Industrial robots are able to conduct thousands of operations, from basic pick and place applications to more complex ones such as painting, palletising, CNC milling, assembly and more, we’ve seen industrial robots becoming an increasingly popular option for all sizes of businesses which are looking to boost their production and increase their profits significantly.

  1. Clean Room Robots

Called ‘clean room’ robots because they tend to be used specifically for applications where human contact needs to be minimised due to various reasons, these type of robots are used especially in the pharmaceutical and medical industries. Their applications also vary tremendously, being able to easily perform basic pick and place applications in tablet manufacture to copying the movements of a person located in another room.

  1. Hazardous Area Robots

These robots are great for improving working conditions for humans and increasing safety measures, as they can be easily used in environments that are deemed as dangerous for human beings, from high temperature places to radioactive areas and so on.

There are of course thousands of applications for robotics. If you’d like to find out more about the various applications of robots in automation or discover which type of robots are best suited for your bespoke automation requirements, don’t hesitate to contact our team of automation specialists on 01223 499488 or email helpline@granta-automation.co.uk.

 

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