3D Seam Inspection. Poorly welded components break, causing products to fail. In the case of automobiles and aeroplanes, this often has disastrous consequences and costs lives. Robotic weld seam inspection and optimization is now the standard in many industries.
The industrial robots can be programmed for performing a single function at a time and can only perform that particular function till they are reprogrammed. The cost of a robot is not very huge, but generally the cost of programming the robot is so high that instead of reprogramming it the manufacturers find it more economical to buy a new one for a different task. In simpler terms we can say that usually the cost of the robot is just a fraction of the cost of programming it.
Pharmaceutical companies use machine vision systems in automated production lines to inspect injection needles, which are unusable if blunt or bent. Multiple cameras photograph needles as they flow through the system on powered conveyors. Sophisticated computer software analyses the captured images to determine needle sharpness and check the contour of the tube. Industrial robots use this information to separate and discard defect needles.
Additional components also make-up these industrial robotic systems. These minor components are regarded small yet very essential in making the system function. One of the secondary features known as the robotic manipulator acts as the mechanical arm thereby functioning in wide range of motions. The manipulator also has another smaller component known as the effector. This element is capable of moving far beyond than the robotic manipulator and is a very flexible component of the system.
Nearly every day a news story is published that proclaims the U.S. manufacturing industry is dead and little if any manufacturing hiring is occurring. Take these claims with a grain of salt. U.S. manufacturers are thriving. But they are not the low tech, unskilled-labor businesses of twenty or thirty years ago. They have integrated so much technology into the manufacturing process that they require highly trained employees.