The automotive industry was one of the earliest adopters of traditional industrial robots and one of the earliest widespread adopters of cobots. Today, automation penetrates almost every aspect of auto production.
Industrial robot applications have seen massive growth over the last decade, as a variety of industries have realized the potential of industrial robots and, more importantly, collaborative robot (or ‘cobots.’). The vast majority of cobot implementations are found in manufacturing and industrial environments, but cobots have the flexibility to be used in a wide variety of sectors from agriculture and medical to pharma.
The automotive industry has been using industrial robots for more than half a century, since General Motors first adopted the UNIMATE in the early 1960s. Over the intervening period, the number of robots used in the automation sector has seen massive growth. The technology has improved too with more low cost, flexible, collaborative systems supplementing and replacing cumbersome and inflexible traditional robots.
Every manufacturer wants to create a quality product to keep customers satisfied and safe, but sometimes product quality is truly a life-and-death consideration. That’s the case with aircraft fuselage, where complete, accurate quality inspections are critical to assuring that the aircraft is safe before it takes to the skies.
Today’s manufacturers are continually looking for ways to produce high-quality products more efficiently and affordably so they can keep up with their competitors locally and globally. Canadian based company, Robotiq works with manufacturers helping them to automate their businesses and to overcome workforce challenges.