A number of industries use robots in varying configurations, or “work cells,” to perform tasks that may be completed more efficiently and profitably than manual labor. In the past, such tasks were limited to those with very high production quantities, because teaching the robot was a lengthy and expensive process, often taking weeks to complete for a single part or job. However, recent robotic software programming developments, such as Hypertherm’s Robotmaster® CAD/CAM for robots, has significantly reduced the time taken to program a job – what used to take weeks can now be done in minutes. As a result, robots are becoming more commonplace, as more companies realize they can now be used profitably in a variety of applications for low volume, high mix work.
Typical uses include:
- Cutting for applications such as domes and I-beams
- Welding in automotive and other industrial applications
- Machining operations
- Paint / spray coating / thermal protection coating of molds, etc.
- Polishing / sanding / grinding using a variety of tools and techniques including belt sanders, abrasive discs, wheels, laps, brushes and pads
- Deflashing of plastic molded parts, etc.
- Dispensing of seals and adhesives
Process technologies used:
- Plasma cutting
- Laser cutting
- Waterjet cutting