Injection needles’ size makes them almost impossible to inspect with a naked eye. Machine vision systems can inspect 40 needles per minute with 100% accuracy, speeding up production and reducing costs. Other contour inspection applications include concentricity checks of spark plugs for petrol engines, the measurement of coating structures on capacitor foils, and tooth inspection of saw blades.
Other robots use machine vision systems to perform complex tasks, such as weld inspection and optimization in the automotive industry. These usually involve elaborate actions and motion sequences, which the robot may even have to identify itself.
Industrial logistics robots are expected to help bring about consistent delivery of quality materials and efficiency to manage food production. Industrial logistics robots are expected by industry experts to bring about a new industrial revolution like never seen before.
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.
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.