Applications of robots in the automobile industry are used in diverse manufacturing processes. Especially robotic arms are frequently used for assembly, spot welding, arc welding, machine tending, part transfer, laser processing, cutting, grinding, polishing, deburring, testing, painting and dispensing. Robots support car manufacturers to reduce production lead times and provide a constant quality of the products.
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The automation of specific tasks with robots tends to be rather inflexible, since they are programmed for certain operations. This is feasible due to the high lot sizes and the high degree of automation. If a certain task requires high flexibility of the production chain the grade of automation in general is rather low. In assembly processes, for instance, situations can occur which require the cognition, sensors and experience of a human worker. This leads to a rather low automation level but high production flexibility.
The existing trade-off between flexibility and efficiency could be countered with the use of Robo-Mate. Especially in the lower level of automation the use of the exoskeleton can increase efficiency dramatically.
Photo: Dr. Konrad Stadler
The Robo-Mate exoskeleton offers the following solutions:
- Auxiliary processes such as lifting and moving can easily be supported by the Robo-Mate exoskeleton
- Older and more experienced workers can stay longer in a demanding position
- Presumably costs can be reduced with the use of Robo-Mate because:
- Less worker injuries because of heavy work
- Productivity improvement.