Industrial robots will lead the dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat

Although these machines are becoming more and more intelligent, manpower is still required to circumvent them in order to operate, monitor and synchronize them in many processes.

Robots revolutionized the way people viewed their processes. Traditionally in the 20th century, robots were nothing more than a big automated machine, but in the 21st century, robots are used in a diverse range of applications, from healthcare to outer space. Industrial robot technology is gaining momentum like never before and has evolved into new concepts of coexistence between man and machine.

To achieve maximum efficiency, safety, and competitive advantage in the marketplace, robot-driven automated manufacturing is becoming the norm. These industrial robots help perform dangerous and repetitive tasks, which ensures that the workforce in the workshops are safe and can operate and synchronize with the machines, thus providing precise, consistent and efficient output.

There are many ways to use a robot for industrialization purposes. Categorized differently by industry and application, these robots vary in volume, process, precision and flexibility. They have real solutions to help people with more complex tasks like welding, painting, lifting, moving heavy objects, and high precision pick and place applications.

The first phase of this revolution brought electric machines that performed repetitive tasks without fatigue. These robots have been used in the automotive industry and other similar applications. The second phase brought industrial robots which, in addition to performing basic tasks, also absorbed data to evolve and become better.

Many myths surround industrial robots. One of them is that with the penetration of robots in industries, humans will tend to lose their jobs. However, this is not the case. That said, people need to understand the fact that humans can never become fully redundant because these robots can be very efficient but are still limited in many ways.

Although these machines are becoming more and more intelligent, manpower is still required to circumvent them in order to operate, monitor and synchronize them in many processes. We humans need to spend more productive time planning and doing smart work, while robots continue to work on repetitive and tiring tasks.

Nowadays, with the technology updating day by day, we have a new industrial robot, a new game-changing game in this space – the collaborative robot, popularly known as “cobot”. Simpler, easier and more flexible to use, cobots are designed to be a workspace partner. They are secure, require little to no programming, and provide hassle-free connectivity, making them a great option for a wide range of applications.

Collaborative robots like MELFA ASSISTA have a wide range of uses, including how to manipulate components, assembly work offers a variety of finishes, applying sealant or glue, and much more. They are used in loading (at the end of the production line, they assemble a pallet of products), quality control (the inspection and test procedure involves the deployment of robots for repetitive work), transport (loading the pallets before shipping) and warehousing (to remove the products received from the pallets and then transport them to the storage location of an installation). In addition to this, they are also widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industry for managing pick-and-place jobs.

MELFA FR series industrial robots come with robot control, it is a combination of all technologies needed to control the electromechanical system of an industrial robot. A Programmable Automation Controller (PAC), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Embedded Controller, PC, Industrial PC (IPC), or Motion Controller can be used for robot control. The industrial robot offers various advantages including smooth product handling, precision, quiet operation, improved efficiency and flexibility.

Some robots may require programming, while others require no programming. For example, MELFA ASSISTA can be programmed using a tablet, with simple one-time learning. Just teach ASSISTA moving dots, and your job is done. The user can simulate the movement before transferring it to a cobot for confirmation. Alternatively, the user can manually guide ASSISTA to the points and can teach directly with the teaching panel available on the cobot arm, eliminating the need for complex programming and software.

Industrial robots are the future of Indian manufacturing, where factories will have zero work fatigue, zero accidents, and improved quality and productivity through efficient synchronization between man and machine. If used appropriately with full integration of shop floor data, this technology can put India on the global manufacturing map and make India a manufacturing hub for the world.

This article was written by Atul Patil, Deputy General Manager, Marketing Department, Factory and Industrial Automation Division, Mitsubishi Electric India.

Mavis R. Bernier