The automotive manufacturing industry has long been one of the quickest and largest adopters of industrial robotic technology, and that continues to this day. Robots are used in nearly every part of automotive manufacturing in one way or another, and it remains as one of the most highly automated supply chains in the world.
While there are plenty of robotic applications to choose from within the industry, there are 6 that stand out as the most common and most valuable applications on the market.
Top 6 Robotic Applications in Automotive Manufacturing
The following robotic applications are the most common in the automotive industry:
1. Collaborative Robots
These collaborative robots are built to work together with other robots, on enormous assembly lines. Robots must collaborate between handling and welding robots to make such assembly lines function properly.
2. Robotic Painting
Professional painters are difficult to find and the job is a highly toxic one. This makes it perfect for robots, because the paint job needs to be highly consistent over a large area of paint, and reducing the amount of wasted material can add up to quite a bit of savings over time.
3. Robotic Welding
Robotic welding has been the top robotic application in the automotive sector for a long time, as every car needs a high number of welds before it’s complete. Given the high value of the finished product, productivity from automation is enormous.
4. Robotic Assembly
In many automotive plants, robots are assembling smaller components like pumps and motors at high speeds. Often, robots are performing tasks like windshield installation and wheel mounting to increase throughput.
5. Material Removal
High consistency and repeatability make robots perfect for material removal processes like trimming and cutting. This could be in the form of cutting fabrics, trimming plastic moldings and die castings or even polishing molds.
6. Part Transfer and Machine Tending
Pouring molten metal, transferring metal stamps, and loading and unloading CNC machines are all best completed by a robot as they are dangerous. When completed consistently with little downtime they can also be a source of major productivity.
Robots have been used in the automotive industry for a long time, and while today they are used in many different ways, but the 6 applications mentioned above are some of the most common uses of robotics in this industry.
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