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Science fiction is becoming reality; robots are becoming a bigger part of our everyday lives, from drones that can deliver parcels and film from the sky to bomb disposal robots, robots will be an integral part of society one day very soon. In fact it’s hardly surprising that the 21st century is being dubbed as “THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE”.
Industrial robotics was one of the first application for robots, dating back to bottle and crate packing robots in the 60s, the descendants of these now defunct machines have far exceeded their forefathers and are used for a massive number of applications. Robots have become intelligent assistants to the human race, they can be programmed to be applied to a large number of different tasks.
Robots are no longer solely used in production, storage and logistics these days. Robots are the strong ones who fill in where there are jobs too dirty, dangerous, physically taxing, expensive or downright impossible for humans. Service robots are a prime example, these include underwater remote controlled vehicles which inspect and weld underwater gas and oil lines, robots ensuring good drinking water in hot areas, and even robots who repair sewage systems from the inside!
Due to the demanding nature of the task performed by the robots, the requirements for their cabling is in turn heavy. For this reason robotics is a main issue for Lapp. The French sector Lapp Muller in Grimaud has specialists with over 25 years’ experience in robots and drag chain applications.
This knowledge creates competence. Competency is integrally what is needed to be skilled in robotics, its endless number of possible applications and corresponding designs. It is an area where no two applications are exactly alike.
This means of course that every cable system would have to be different, this could be anything from providing power supply to the robots or data transmission. An example of this would be when a robot might have a high performance camera system.
However, for many applications of robotics, the outer material of the cable used is just as critical as what’s inside, it may have to withstand chemical and physical abrasion, resist harsh working environments, even extreme tensile strength. Whatever people demand from a robot as the ultimate worker, they demand just the same level of performance from the cable.
Articulate robots with 4 to 6 axes are actually very flexible to use, handling everything from assembly to welding, loading, and unloading. Painting and coating robots are a special variety of these, providing bonding, dusting and painting in a precise and efficient manner.
A painting robot can switch from one colour of paint to a different one in only ten seconds with minimal waste materials. This has managed to reduce paint loss to around only 10ml per change of colour – that’s only two teaspoons or a half full shot glass!
Swivel arm robots pick up and place down task moving various materials in a limited radius quickly. Parallel kinematic machines with opposing arms arm mainly used in the food and beverage industry.
Linear robots are often utilised for stacking pallets in the packaging business.