Although robots are now being produced en masse, and increasingly used in diverse business sectors such as customer service and electronics testing, they are still most widely used by the automotive industry.

In 2015, robot sales to the automotive industry worldwide increased by 4% to around 97,500 units, establishing a new peak for the fifth year in a row. The share of the total supply in 2015 for the industry was about 38% of overall robot sales. Between 2010 and 2015, robot sales to the automotive industry increased by 20% on average per year (CAGR).

 

Robots are tasked with many jobs on the automotive production line – including painting, dispensing, sealing and welding – but how do these robots actually work?

MACHINE VISION

 

Automation and mass customisation

 

The equipment includes complicated sensing capabilities, such as the already mentioned machine vision, as well as sophisticated inventory management.

 

Advanced automated technology can also include predictive maintenance work, limiting downtime, and other reliant parts of the supply chain see less downtime too.

Collaborative robots (cobots)

 

 

 

Robot arms

Mechanical and usually programmable robotic arms are another type of robot with many uses in car manufacturing production lines.

 

These include dangerous environments that require high-quality and precision work including rig cutting, moulding machines, screw driving, assembling, labelling and handling heavy objects during the automotive production process.

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