Industrial robotics is the key to achieve innovation, savings and maximum efficiency of the production line.
Of all the automated lines, robotic islands represent the state of the art of industrial automation.The robotic cells, in fact, are sets of machines – organized within an automatic work cell – which include automatically controlled manipulating robots.
Industrial robots what they are and how they are
The industrial robots that can be integrated into robotic cells can be of 4 different types, depending on the tasks and objectives of the production, but also on the spaces available and the type of machinery already present on the line.
- Anthropomorphic robots move on 6 axes, can rotate 360 ° and ensure maximum flexibility. They are ideal for handling complex objects, both light and heavy.
- Spider Robots are robotic arms that move on 3 axes. They cannot rotate, but they reach high speeds. Due to their compact size, they are ideal for the handling of objects of minimum weight, in particular the short range pick & place.
- SCARA robots (selective compliance articulated robot arm) move on 4 axes. They are fast and have a small footprint, but the range of movements allowed is rather limited.
- Cobots or collaborative robots. Unlike other industrial robots, they can interact safely with the surrounding environment and with the operators with whom they share tasks and do not require physical or laser barriers.
Robotic cells: The advantages
Robotic cells cover numerous industrial applications. From aeronautics to taps, from leather goods to the pharmaceutical sector, without forgetting the automotive, jewelery and e-waste branch.
What best characterizes these systems is their extreme flexibility.
Industrial robots are easily reprogrammable and convertible. Once a production is discontinued, the technology is simply readapted on new lines.
They do not need operators to be always available, as they can be fully autonomous for numerous shifts. The operator is no longer forced into dangerous, tiring or alienating tasks and can devote himself to supervision tasks.
Furthermore, the robotic cells increase both the productivity and the quality of the finished products. The precision with which these machines work is unattainable by human work.
They perform better and in less time because they optimize cycle times.
Time is money
The higher the speed, the greater the output and the greater the economic gain.
Production is more reliable and repeatable and, above all, knows no downtime. A human work shift reaches a maximum of 8 hours. The machine shift, on the other hand, is 24/7 with an autonomy of several hours. Compared to the worker, moreover, it produces almost twice as many pieces.
The growth in average annual productivity also corresponds to a decrease in production costs.
The average payback is on average less than one year.
The return on investment, therefore, is extremely fast and the rewards of the initial expense are reaped after a short time.
A robotic cell, therefore:
- It applies to many sectors, thanks also to the different types of industrial robots
- It is flexible, convertible and reprogrammable. The investment lasts over time
- Reduces production costs
- Increases productivity, almost double the number of pieces made in the same time
- Increase the quality because the products are always perfect
- Guarantees repeatability: the robot always works the same way
- It does not require staff constantly present, since it has an autonomy of up to 96 hours
- Optimize cycle times
The advantage is not only in terms of time, but it is on the basis of time that the economic gain is quantified. And the robotic islands are able to concretely make the production line more efficient and profitable.