Comprised of sequential tasks, processes and workstations, assembly lines are used to organise the flow of materials and maximise product output and efficiency. Since their introduction, robotics have been used to significantly enhance these processes, with manufacturers receiving benefits in consistency, speed and quality control. Following pre-programmed commands, assembly robots are robot arms that carry out assigned tasks within a production scenario.
As robot technology has developed, we have moved from simple two axes robots, to 6 axes which are commonplace today. Dubbed ‘multipurpose manipulators’ by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), 6 axes robots are capable of articulating anywhere within its furthest point of reach. Robots excel at handling and manipulating materials, operating much like a human arm, they can complete complex series’ of movements on their own, unlike more traditional mechanical methods of automation.