Did you know that America is second only to Japan in the use of robotics? Last year was a record year for robotics, as robotic companies sold 22,598 robots, trumping the 19,337 robots sold in 2011. In fact, 2012’s 17% growth was a record, according to the Robotics Industries Association.
We expect that this year there will be even higher numbers at the end of the year, especially as new innovations come on the market with robotics throughout the year and factories upgrade equipment.
Robotic arms integrate servo technology into their movements. Servo technology is one of the oldest forms of artificial intelligence, dating as it does to the 19th century.
The basic concept hasn’t change much, but there are always new application, like FANUC LR Mate 200iC electric robotic arms, which use servos with new technology, like iRVision, to complete tasks at speeds higher than human beings can handle.
As manufacturing jobs return to our shores, automation becomes increasingly important. In industries like packaging, where we often provide service for the Rexroth Indramat servos in which we specialize, robotics is not only the norm, but a necessity.
As manufacturers demand short-run, highly customized packaging, automation cuts costs and keeps pricing competitive. It also increases sustainability.
Let us help you keep your Rexroth and Indramat units running as you increase your use of automation.