Mitsubishi's Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation
The RV-F, the latest in Mitsubishi’s F series vertical-axis robots for factory-automation systems, has been designed to handle dexterous and complex tasks that previously were difficult for robots to complete. (Source: Mitsubishi Electric)
I think not only will the cost of production in China going up cause a boost in robotics, but the quality of production from low cost countries it atrousious (sp?). If it comes from China it will be in the trash sooner than later. One thing I believe most manufacturers are starting to come to grips with is you have to manage the quality of anything coming from a low cost country. And in order to do that properly you often have to spend more money in the states than you saved by going over seas. It's too bad the accounting and upper management world can't see that.
Yet another task that can be performed more effectively by a robot. The one feature that probably can't be seen here is the speed. While attending Pack Expo last year, I was amazed by the speed of the robots, which often did tasks that had previously been reserved for humans.
From the above article it seems that the manufacturing segment has a need for increased speed, lifting capacity, service life and robot to robot coordination (all of which improve productivity and profitability).
With wages in some low-cost regions like China now creeping upwards, I wonder if there will be a slight sales increase in robotics due to some manufacturers now investing in the replacement of human workers with robots.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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