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The aerospace industry uses a variety of applications that need to be performed with
extreme care and precision. These applications include pain??ting, welding,
dispensing, inspection, sealing, and drilling, along with other rigid manufacturing
applications. An uneven coat of paint on an aircraft affects fuel economy and payload

With a growing population and food demands increasing regularly, the agriculture
industry knows how important it is to move quickly to ensure the supply meets the
demand. The agricultural industry uses robots for a wide variety of tasks to meet these
demands. Robot platforms can carry workers to pick fruit, and some automation can
pick the fruit itself. There are also autonomous robots that can harvest crops in the

When someone thinks about appliance automation, the first thing they probably see is
a robot vacuum cleaner or lawnmower. While there is quite a bit of research going into
engineering autonomous robots that can perform household chores, there are many
more robots that are involved in appliance automation behind the scenes. Robots from

manufacturers like KUKA, ABB, Motoman, and FANUC are capable of performing
applications that boost productivity in the appliance industry.

The automotive industry - the place that started it all! This is where industrial robots
got their start. Since the 1960s, industrial robots from companies like Motoman,
FANUC, ABB, and KUKA have been welding, press tending, assembling, painting,
cutting, and performing heavy material handling applications for the automotive
industry. Today, the automotive industry continues to drive robotic sales as demand
creates a need to quickly crank out the supply.

The construction industry is using robots more and more to put up buildings, lay
sidewalks, pour foundations, etc. By investing in robots to assemble building materials,
weld steel beams, lay brick, among other uses, construction companies are able to
reduce construction costs, get jobs finished faster, cut down on construction site
waste, improve safety for workers on the job, and increase the structure's longevity by
cracking down on errors.

Consumer Products
Consumer products is an industry that is ever-changing. Companies are constantly
changing their products and their packaging to keep their products new and vibrant in
this wide-ranging, highly competitive market. A company that makes consumer
products has to be able to keep up with what the consumer wants, and that means
being able to easily change and reprogram their production. This is not easy to do with
human workers, and it is an impossibility with hard automation.

The defense industry is becoming automated in many different ways. Robots are
currently being used by the military to look for mines and disarm IEDs. These mobile 46 axis compact robots are able to grip these objects and detonate or disarm them
without causing harm to any human soldiers.

The electronics industry has emerged as a hotbed for robotics integration. Companies
are deciding to switch to robotics because the ease of use has increased and the
popularity of robotic automation has caused prices to drop significantly.

The future is green and robotic. Industrial robots are proving to play a vital role in
manufacturing energy efficient and alternative energy products. Solar panels, wind
turbines, and other products that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are
assembled, welded, and handled by industrial robots designed by ABB, Motoman,
FANUC, and KUKA. The alternative energy industry is constantly moving and changing.
This type of industry lends itself well to the use of robotics.

Food Packaging
The food industry uses robots to perform applications that need to be fast and
consistent. Used for handling and packaging, Motoman, FANUC, ABB, and KUKA

industrial robots help streamline food packaging processes. Robotic vision and
precision allows these robots to handle food products in a much faster and efficient
manner than traditional methods. Efficiency leads to more flexibility and a leaner
industrial process.

Foundries are some of the best places to see the importance of industrial robots in
motion. A foundry is a place that processes metal in different forms, whether it be
molten or solid. No matter what, foundries are hot places. Because of the heat, it can
be difficult for human workers to keep up a consistent work pace throughout a shift.

Furniture / Fixtures
Industrial robots weld, assemble, and cut metal and other materials every day. Why
would that not translate to furniture and fixtures? For the most part, fixtures are metal
and need to be bent and shaped to specific forms. This type of metal manipulation is
easy with a handling robot. Industrial robots, like those made by ABB, Motoman, KUKA,
and FANUC robotics companies, can also saw lumber, which can later be used for
building furniture.

Heavy Truck
Heavy trucks, like semi-trucks, are an integral part of our transportation system.
Researchers are currently attempting to develop trucks that are autonomous or a
hybrid of self-driving and human driving, which will possibly give truck drivers the
ability to rest, something that people in that profession lack. However, until that day
comes, there are plenty of industrial robots that are involved in the heavy truck
industry behind the scenes.

Job Shop
In the past, robots have not always been the easiest fit in job shops. Many older model
industrial robots were made to suit high volume/low mix parts. The small batch
applications performed in job shops did not make sense for many robots of old. Times
they are a-changin'. With the flexibility of industrial robots and work cells today, these
systems have become small batch friendly and perfect for the job shop industry.

It seems like the plot of a science fiction B-movie, but it has become a reality - robots
have entered the medical field. Robots are becoming more active in the field, and not
just behind the scenes. They are delivering medicine, performing surgeries, drawing
blood, and taking vitals. Hospitals in some countries even deploy robots to clean
rooms and tend to patients.

Metal Products
The metal product industry encompasses many applications. FANUC, KUKA, ABB, and
Motoman industrial robots perform many of these applications flawlessly, including arc
welding, spot welding, cutting, press tending, and material handling. Customized
workcells are designed through a collaboration of the company and RobotWorx
engineers, which ensures that the workcell fits perfectly into the companys process.


Industrial robots help manufacture parts and machinery for the mining industry.
Heavy-duty Motoman, ABB, FANUC, and KUKA robots lift, remove, and transfer parts.
Industrial robots also assist in welding machinery together and cutting. These robots
can save time and money by performing the applications more easily than manual
procedures. But, robots aren't only helping the mining industry manufacture
machinery. They are also helping to perform the mining itself.

Packaged Goods
A vital part of the packaged goods industry is moving product from one place to
another. Moving pallets, boxes, and cases of packaged product can be tolling. Not only
is it a tedious process, but it can also cause fatigue, stress, or repetitive movement
injuries in human workers, which can slow down the production line and decrease
worker morale. Industrial packaging and palletizing robots from ABB, FANUC, KUKA,
and Motoman relieve workers from performing these tasks.

Paper / Printing
Motoman, FANUC, ABB, and KUKA industrial robots perform handling and palletizing
tasks even in the paper/printing industry. Robots are able to handle large rolls of paper
for printing, while also being able to transfer paper from one machine to another. They
can also be used to stack boxes and cases of paper on skids for transport to either the
consumer or a warehouse. Traditional methods of moving these boxes and cases were
strenuous and physically demanding.

When it comes to the pharmaceutical industry, mistakes are not tolerated. The wrong
medication can lead to severe consequences. Industrial dispensing robots
manufactured by FANUC, Motoman, ABB, and KUKA help with medication dispensing in
large hospital and pharmacy settings. Robotic vision also increases efficiency and
accuracy by seeing the correct medication that needs to be dispensed or sorted.

Plastics / Rubber
When it comes to manufacturing plastics and rubber, industrial robots from Motoman,
ABB, FANUC, and KUKA lead the industry in quality. These robots perform injectionmolding, grinding, polishing, and other industrial applications with precision and
quality that exceed industry standards. Companies in both the rubber and plastics
industries can see high changeover in their parts, with part life cycles getting shorter
and shorter as brands change and reshape to keep current with the marketplace.

Recreational Equipment
Recreational equipment spans a large range of products, from sports equipment to
camping and other recreational pursuits. To keep costs low and quality high, many
manufacturers in the recreational equipment industry turn to industrial robots from
Motoman, FANUC, ABB, and KUKA to weld products, palletize cases of products, tend
machines, and numerous other applications.

An industrial robot is defined by ISO 8373[1] as an automatically controlled, reprogrammable,

multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes. The field of robotics may be
more practically defined as the study, design and use of robot systems for manufacturing(a toplevel definition relying on the prior definition of robot).
Typical applications of robots include welding, painting, assembly, pick and place (such
as packaging, palletizing and SMT), product inspection, and testing; all accomplished with high
endurance, speed, and precision.

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