INNOPROM international fair is a large-scale platform for presenting new industrial technologies. More than 620 exhibitors at the exhibition area of 50 000 square meters will show new equipment and technical solutions on modernization, automation and improving manufacturing process efficiency.
One of the most popular thematic sections is “Industrial robotics” as part of the INNOPROM.METALWORKING specialized exposition. Industrial robots are an example of unique developments which seemed to be fantastic 10 years ago, and nowadays are widely used in industrial manufacturing to perform routine or dangerous for human staff tasks.
At the exhibition will be presented industrial robots of Russian production, as well as robotic systems by the world leading producers. Japan – official partner-country of INNOPROM 2017 is the country considered to be the leader in the field of robotics, will also present its newest developments. Do not miss the chance to see in action high technologies of future, which change the markets of industrial manufacturing, metalworking and machine engineering beyond all recognition.
Industrial robots: kinds and scoped of application
The main purpose of implementation of robotic systems and unmanned robots into manufacturing process is to either replace or optimize human labor in fields and tasks where its usage is unprofitable, dangerous or is a source of mistakes. By eliminating the human factor is some aspects enterprises declines the rejection rate and improve productivity through the improving of speed and accuracy in routine operations.
Besides that, usage of industrial robots declines the risk of injury and health damage for workers at the particularly difficult and dangerous sites of work. In all operations related to the harmful conditions in the nearest future workers will be replaced by robots. This practice is already being introduced by enterprises related to the chemical reagent and plastic production, high-temperature works and works with explosives.
Main production goals performed by robots:
- Automatic loading/unloading workpieces into machine tools
- Moving items between conveyor lines
- Laser, plasma or mechanical cutting
- Arc, spot or laser welding metal items
- Polishing, milling and drilling
- Products marking and engraving
- Product assembling and packaging
Experts claim that modern-day up to 80% orders at the industrial robots market in Russia are provided by enterprises interested in implementing robots for use in the welding field. Welding robots are used for serial welding same type metal parts. Advantage of this decision lies in the fact that robotic welding guarantees constant quality level, reliability, safety and high working speed, comparing to the human labor. Another important aspect is that there are no labor-legislation-related restrictions – robots can work 24/7 if needed.
In recent years use of robotics is spreading into woodworking, electronics, metalworking, plastic components production, machine engineering fields and medical and food industries.
Modern robots, that use “smart” technologies, are characterized by multifunctioning – they can perform the full range of tasks depending on software settings. Within the concept of FAM (flexible automated manufacturing) programming industrial robots gives an ability to choose from a big amount of action scenarios for different types of manufacturing process. Indeed, robot’s program evaluates by itself external conditions and feedback, resetting itself to perform new tasks.
Robots kinds, depending on control methods:
- Remote control robots
- Automatic robotic manipulators
Remote control working does not eliminate the need for qualified human resources. Robotic technologies are often used under difficult or dangerous working conditions. The worker, who remotely controls the robot, stays in safe isolated room and is not exposed to the harmful high temperature or chemical vapors.
Industrial robotic manipulators that work autonomously are used in conveyor manufacturing processes. They are equipped with special manipulators for moving items and workpieces between conveyor belts and processing machine tools. After processing the robot removes the item and moves it to the next processing/packaging step or conveyor belt for final product.
Currently industrial robots developers offer not only separate technical solutions but also flexible automated manufacturing complex systems, which include machine tools, robots and software solutions for managing processes. Such systems guarantee continuous manufacturing cycle, minimize risks of failure due to human factor and improve work speed and efficiency.
Key elements of computer-aided manufacturing:
CAD (computer-aided design) systems
Software and equipment complex for technological process automated management and control
Devices for loading, unloading and layout of materials and items
Industrial robotic manipulators for specialized tasks
Automatic transportation facilities
At the INNOPROM.METALWORKING exposition you will be able to not only learn about newest solutions in robotics and test the equipment, but also find out about trends of development in this field through presentations by leading experts within the Business program.
Market trends are evident – demand for implementing robots into manufacturing process steadily increases, and proposed by leading developers robot models become more flexible, functioning and affordable. According to experts, by 2025 industrial robots will replace from 20 to 50% jobs in industrially developed countries, and the structure of manufacturing processes will be changed completely. That is why every enterprise interested in maintaining and strengthening its positions in the market will look for abilities to optimize resources and processes by using robots.
In perspective such approach brings not only enhancing profitability but also image improvements. Company, which implements innovative technologies and complies with international occupational safety and health standards, becomes more attractive for investors, creditors, clients and general public. Besides that, such companies get more opportunities to entry the international market and sign favorable contracts.