INPRO is dedicated to serving our customers’ needs, whatever they may be. In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing need to treat, coat, and cure complex 3D objects. To address this need, INPRO is happy to announce that it has expanded its integration toolbox to include robot arms. We can integrate any of our technologies with a robot arm, as well as integrating an arm to other common tasks.

Low Hanging Fruit

Ripe for automation

Machine Tending

Cobots can really help in the machine tending and extend the useful life of older machines that previously required an operator. Cobots allow for integrating old machines into modern assembly lines, with the cobot acting as an adapter.

Assembly

Some assembly tasks (eg. screwing, pressing in bearings, etc.) are easily automatable with a robot arm. If placed near human assemblers, a cobot can be a valuable addition to the team, increasing efficiency by splitting the workload to what each does best.

Welding

Welding is one of the most popular uses for robot arms in manufacturing. Companies find that the accuracy and repeatability of robot arms works really well for this task. It also reduces the amount of accidents, as welding can be very dangerous.

Material Handling

Packing, palletizing, kitting, etc. are quite repetitive processes and getting a dedicated custom solution can be costly. Cobots can be used for highly tailorable solutions, while remaining flexible to be deployed in a separate area later.

Industrial Robots or Cobots?

Industrial Robots

What Are They?

When you think of robot arms, generally what comes to mind are the large heavy duty robot arms used in automotive manufacturing. These are called industrial robot arms, and they’re characterized by their large size (though not all are huge), high payload, high acceleration and top speed. However, because of their strength and speed, they need to be caged from human operators due to safety concerns. In addition, programming these robots isn’t straightforward and usually requires a lot of training and practice.

Cobots

What Are They?

In the past couple decades, a new type of robot arm arrived on the scene: the cobot. As opposed to being isolated in a corner, cobots (or collaborative robot) are designed to work side-by-side with human workers, alleviating the small monotonous tasks and allowing the operator to focus on more valuable tasks. As a part of this package, the method of programming is much more intuitive and easy to pick up. This makes a cobot great for applications such as machine tending, material handling, and some assembly tasks, since they can be placed right where a human would have stood, without any restrictive cages or having to section off a large amount of floor space.

What Are Their Strengths?

  • High Payload
  • Superior Accuracy
  • Speed

What Are Their Strengths?

  • Can work side-by-side with humans without caging
  • Easy to program
  • Built-in force sensitivity

Common Applications

  • Welding
  • Drilling
  • Palletizing
  • Painting

Common Applications

  • Machine tending
  • Packaging
  • Palletizing
  • Kitting
  • Assembly

After performing an internal trade study to determine whether to focus on industrial robots or collaborative robots, then on which company to use, INPRO settled on Universal Robots as the company whose robots will most likely fit our customers’ needs. However, while INPRO is a Certified System Integrator for Universal Robots, we are not bound to selling/working only with UR. If the specifics of your application dictate it, we can integrate all of our technologies with any robot arm.

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