Inside the broad list of advantages from an automated production line, the inclusion of industrial robots is the one that can contribute the most. It allows you to run different jobs in less space, move heavy loads at high speed, and always being as precise as a Swiss watch. In the set of devices and tools that are part of an automated process, the ROBOT is “the executing arm”.
At RBX’s robotics department, we are responsible for the design and development of robot programming for any kind of industry, being specialists in the automotive.
Among the most common tasks to perform at the robotics department on a day-to-day basis, it is worth remarking the following:
Our very experienced robot programmers’ team can simulate the robot environment in specific software and program the robots as if they were real. When commissioning phase comes, only final adjustments are needed. This makes the time spent on-site, as well as production stoppage, way shorter.
Inputs and Outputs are the only way for the robot to know what is happening around it. This transfer of information is possible thanks to the different types of fieldbus, and each of them have their own ways to be set up. At RBX, we make this communication possible, choosing the right one for each installation, and setting it up properly for a perfect communication between all the devices.
Path Programming and Safety Environments
Space awareness is key when programming the robot. We make sure all our employees are well aware of it, and they get trained to be more perceptive when improving paths or setting safety environments up.
It makes the robots flow smoother, as well as faster and improves its lifetime.
Proper safety configuration is vital and needed in every automated system to protect humans, as well as to avoid mechanical damages.
At RBX we also offer support for as long as the customer needs, so we can identify the faults that may appear to solve them and help maintenance understand and learn the system they will be taking care of afterwards.
A robot can be equipped with plenty of different tools, each of them has specific software and features. At RBX, we make sure all our programmers get the necessary training, and as a team, we have greatly mastered some technologies such as:
- Welding equipment (SpotWeld, Studding, MIG and Laser)
- Material Handling
- Vision systems
- Tool Changing
During this time, the definitive tests and appropriate modifications are carried out, from the power on, to the customer’s final acceptance. Our expert staff meticulously ensures that the robots are perfectly configured and integrated into your production system, with all the devices communicating with each other, collision free, and making sure the lines run above the target it was designed for.
The RBX team counts with programmers that create software tools and robot applications to help their work on future projects and reduce the human mistake factor when setting each robot up, as well as to help our customers managing their production systems.
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RBX training system
Our work philosophy is very clear. As we like to say: ‘Always two steps ahead’. The demand for the quality of our work starts with ourselves, and always try to anticipate any situation. Therefore, the team has invested many hours preparing a UNIQUE training system, created by the same programmers who have a great experience acquired working for years.
These training systems are based on experience programming major brands, such as Kuka, Fanuc, ABB and Comau… as well as the experience gained over time spent in factories of major car production brands such as Ford, Jaguar – Land Rover, Volkswagen Group, and many more.
All new employees are trained both in the internal programming standards of the company, as well as in the standards of the different factories and the different robot brands. One of the features of this department is the flexibility to adapt to the standards of our customers, as well as to incorporate the RBX standard into any production process that may need it.
We have two essential and necessary ‘ingredients’ to make the training at RBX of the highest quality and, mainly, the most equal or similar to how it will subsequently be applied in a real and professional environment. These ‘ingredients’ are: a team of experienced professionals who carry out the training and, not least, the licenses of each manufacturer software that, although not always strictly necessary, make the programming of a robot much more comfortable.
Advantages of including robots in a process
One of the features by which robotics has so good acceptance and applicability in industrial processes is because they are machines capable of performing repetitive and tedious tasks continuously without diminishing their effectiveness, so they are key to the proper functioning of an assembly line without friction.
In addition, it also improves safety, since operators should not perform those tasks that can be dangerous and very delicate, or even work with them in the case of collaborative robots, also known as Cobots, where humans use the robots as tools.
Knowing perfectly how industrial robots work and the possibilities of automation processes obtained, there are many professionals who agree on the great benefits that industrial robotics brings in their fields of work.
Here are some of the great advantages:
- Increasing the efficiency of production processes
- Greater control of the process in real time
- Improving assembly lines operation
- Reduction of production time
- Better use of the materials and resources used in production, both parts and energy resources
- Safer working conditions and therefore reducing exposures to hazardous or harmful jobs
- Increased productivity, and with it, a direct reduction of the costs
- Increased quality of end products and reduction of defective products that reach the end of the process
- Automated processes offer greater flexibility and adaptability, depending on production needs
- Improved tracking of results
Types of automation for industrial robots
Depending on the needs and demands of each industry, as well as the production model, there are various types of automation that can be applied. From RBX we want to highlight the three main models of automation.
This type of automated system may be limited because it understands that the robot is programmed to perform a task consecutively.
However, in mass and large-scale productions, this type of industrial automation is undeniably the most beneficial as it achieves considerable efficiency improvements thanks to the fact that a robot can perform repetitive tasks without losing any precision.
It is a programmable system, so it is a type of intermediate industrial automation. This means that it is the type of automation in industrial robotics in which it is possible to reprogram the software inside the robot.
This reprogramming makes it possible for a robot to be reconfigured and perform various tasks. This type of robot, in which its automated action is reprogrammable, is very useful in productions where different variants or models must be covered.
Flexible automation is a type of industrial robotics articulated in a series of stations connected to each other but operating independently. In this way, a central computer controls all automated systems so that they perform the tasks together and in an orderly manner. This type of automation makes it possible for robots to work interconnected and for sharing information to coordinate their actions.