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When we think of Robots, what usually springs to mind are the Artificial Intelligence, almost human machines that we see in science fiction movies. The reality is much more mundane and much more productive. The word comes from the Czech, robota, meaning compulsory work or drudgery and we use the word "robotic" to describe behaviours that are mindless unthinking and repetitive. These are just the behaviours for which machines are ideal. They don’t need to think. They don’t get tired. They don’t get bored. Many tasks in manufacturing industry are exactly the kind of tasks described above.

History

The first robot that fits the definition laid out in ISO 8373 was made in 1937 by "Bill" Griffith P. Taylor. He used the building toy Meccano for the structure and a single electric motor for movement. For commands, the robot read from punch cards and was able to stack blocks in a programmed pattern using movement along five different axes. This first robot was the an early indication of things to come and the so called robotics boom grew until it hit a climax in 1984. A shift in the markets has brought a focus away from robotics systems at this time, and several large companies supply most of the industrial robots used today.

Repeatabiltiy

Human beings are clever. They are clever with their brains, able to design and invent, but also clever with their hands, able to turn their designs into physical products. Making one of anything is extremely satisfying. Making a dozen of the same thing by hand leads to errors creeping in so that no two items are exactly the same. A machine can be programmed to perform a task, or series of tasks, in exactly the same way, time after time so that thousands of identical components can be machined or assembled with the minimum of variation and carry on doing it twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Adaptability

It is unfortunate that, for the most part, machines are fit for a single purpose. A drill is great for making holes, not so good for driving rivets. A soldering iron is good for soldering components together, not so good for stripping wires. Fortunately, we can make machines that are highly adaptable so that the drill, soldering iron, wire stripper, hammer or whatever other tool may be required can be put in place, as appropriate. In order to speed up the production process, we can have multiple machines in line, each with its specific task or series of tasks, a robotics system.

Raw material to finished product

Ultimately, it is possible to have a production line where we can input the raw materials at one end and have the finished product come out at the other, with the intermediate stages of production never seeing the light of day or, more importantly, never seeing a human being.


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