This e-book includes a compendium of technical articles from Machine Design and Performance Motion Devices (PMD).
Editorial by Bob Vavra, Senior Content Director for Machine Design and Power & Motion
The relationship between humans and their robots continues to evolve. Where robotics was once a tentative toe-dip in the
realm of robotic deployment, today we see a full integration of robotics into the operational infrastructure.
That change creates discussion about how best to deploy robotics effectively—both to improve productivity and safety
metrics as well as to optimize the unique talents that humans still bring to the process. What we’ve learned is that
the strategic use of both traditional robots and collaborative robots can enhance manufacturing’s goals of increased
throughput and effectiveness.
It does require a different way of thinking about robots and its human programmers. It requires a strategic initiative.
Robots are no longer a one-off way to solve a singular problem. Robots must be fully connected to the full enterprise to manage the process and measure its value. Those who have done this, as our new e-book discusses, have found benefits that can be measured in dollars saved and production benefits.
This e-Book looks at the fundamentals of current and future trends for robot deployment, including how the data is being managed and funnelled through the data pipeline as well as the size, flexibility, and ruggedizing of the robots.
We also look in particular at the medical device industry’s use of robotics. The medical industry is among the most aggressive in its use of robotics for a wide variety of procedures—and it is also among the industries that are the most risk-averse. The medical industry’s continued example of how to design and deploy robotics points to their value as a solution and should provide confidence for other industries to follow suit.
Robots have surpassed their science fiction lore into smart, effective and efficient automation components. They are every bit as valuable as a PLC or a motion control device. They should be considered an essential piece of your automation strategy—
with one important difference. Robots literally allow you to safely link arms with your device.
Robotics in Automation Contents
- Five Key Trends for Tomorrow’s from TE Connectivity
- Industrial Robots Robots Can Talk The Same Language by Colm Gavin
- What You Should Know About Medical Robotic Systems by Sean Hagen
- Robotic Process Automation Sweeps Across Healthcare Industry by Hrishikesh Kadam
- Build vs Buy of A Three-Axis Motion Controller from Performance Motion Devices
Other PMD resources you may be interested in:
- Force Control in Actuators and Robot End Effectors
- Motion Control Goes Small
- Introducing ION/CME N-Series Digital Drives - On-demand
- Two Approaches To Building A 3-Axis Gantry Controller Board
- New Control Technique Combines Servo Performance With Step Motor Cost