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How much people know about industrial manipulators?

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How much people know about industrial manipulators?

May 19
13:06 2022

How much do you know about industrial manipulators?

In recent years, thanks to the continuous development of intelligent manufacturing, industrial robots have become rapidly common, and China has also been the world’s largest application market for industrial robots for eight consecutive years, accounting for around 40 percent of the global market. Industrial robot manipulators will substitute manual productions in the future manufacturing industry, being the solid foundation for the realization of intelligent manufacturing and industrial automation, digitalization and intelligence.

What is an industrial robot manipulator? An industrial robot manipulator is a kind of machine with a rigid steel manipulator arm that is capable of performing numerous manufacturing applications, ranging from simple to complex and can can carry out complex pneumatic tilts and rotations. It can efficiently pick up and manipulate heavy loads and relieve operators during laborious maneuvers such as gripping, lifting, holding, and rotating loads. But apart from the above information, do you know any other information about it? If not, don’t worry. Here Jiangyin Tongli, a modern manufacturing enterprise, is pleased to offer you several important aspects of an industrial manipulator to help you know more about it.

1. An industrial robot manipulator is not just a robot that takes jobs from people

An industrial manipulator can create more value than workers because it can complete tasks for the workers and even perform better, it’s able to work without rest, it makes no mistakes in every operation, and it can also accomplish some jobs that people can’t do. In terms of repetitive, single-drill and high-intensity jobs, custom industrial manipulators do a take-off of assembly line workers and have primary advantages of high efficiency, stable quality, serious “attitude”, being not affected by external factors, 24-hour non-stop operation and long service life, and that’s what makes them so great.

2. Industrial manipulators can be used in 364 industries

Of course, it’s just a rough judgement, because no one could know exactly what kind of jobs they can do. The only definite thing is that they are used in a wide range of industries across the globe, and an ever-advancing industrial robot manipulator seems to be omnipotent. They can be applied to food packaging, automobile manufacturing and processing, machinery processing, logistics and warehousing, medical equipment manufacturing and many other industries. This kind of large industrial robot manipulator wrapped in metal shells can manufacture cars and airplanes, process mobile phones, provide express delivery service, package food, produce closestools, and carry many loads such as dairy products, whole cheeses, meats, processed food packages, bottles, carton boxes, and food bags, and the list is endless. Industrial manipulators are still evolving rapidly since the advent of artificial intelligence. If you ask is there any job that they fail to perform, perhaps they only cannot do the jobs relating to literature, for you can’t expect a mechanical arm to knock out the Complete Works of William Shakespeare on a keyboard.

3. An industrial manipulator consists of three main parts: keyboard, host, and monitor

Custom industrial manipulators should include three components: sensors, the controller and mechanical parts (including robot arm, end effector, and drive). The senors are equivalent to the host of a desktop computer and play the central and key role; the controller is equivalent to the keyboard and mouse of a computer, is used for operation and serves as its “brain”; mechanical parts serve as the monitor of a computer and operators can visually see the contents displayed. These three parts constitute a complete robot manipulator.

4. A robot engineer is the teacher of an industrial robot manipulator

Even though industrial manipulators are capable of performing human-like functions, they cannot work independently without the cooperation of robot engineers. According to the operating principle, a custom industrial manipulator operates according to pre-set programming or artificial intelligence, which is designed by robot engineers. Robot engineers mainly design commissioning and maintenance, and software programming, and develop and design necessary supporting systems. In short, what an industrial robot manipulator can do depends on what the engineer teach it to do.

5. Difference between industrial robot manipulators and automated equipment

Taking a simple example, the outdated phones in the 1990s and iPhone 7 Plus are communication devices, but they are certainly different from each other. The relation between industrial robot manipulators and automated equipment is exactly the same. An industrial robot is one kind of automation equipment, but it is more intelligent, advanced and efficient than ordinary automation equipment, so there are numerous differences between them, and it is obviously wrong to confuse industrial robot manipulators with automated equipment.

6. Industrial manipulators display varying degrees of self-regulatory behaviors

Industrial robot manipulators are programmed to perform specific actions (repetitive actions) faithfully, efficiently, without variation, and with high accuracy and super-long standby time. These actions depend on programmed constants that define the direction, acceleration, speed, deceleration, and distance of cooperative actions.

7. Advantages of intelligent manufacturing industrial robot manipulators

Manufacturing companies have been seeking the best production efficiency, which is the driving force of innovation and development. In industrial production, industrial robot manipulators can replace workers to complete difficult jobs and reduce labor costs. Meanwhile, boring mechanized operations tend to make workers emotional and affect operation accuracy. Industrial robots can continuously guarantee the accuracy of actions and improve the quality of product production. In addition, industrial robot manipulators can improve product quality and reduce production costs, enabling manufacturing enterprises to increase productivity.

8. Programming and interface

A robot manipulator needs to identify the accurate position of the target task, and these actions and sequences have to be set or programmed. Engineers usually connect the robot controller to a laptop, desktop computer or network (intranet or Internet) and teach it how to complete actions. A industrial manipulator forms a operating unit together with a collection of machines or peripherals. A typical unit may include a part feeder, an ejection machine, and an industrial manipulator, and is controlled by a single computer or PLC. It is important to program how the robot manipulator interacts in coordination with other machines in the unit, taking into account their locations.

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