Like any tool, a robot is as safe or dangerous as you use it. Cobots are said to not be wholly safe to interact with as one would with a human, and similarly non-collaborative robots are to be treated according to the power, hardware, and tools (or end-effectors) they feature. Helpful guides and contacts for maintaining safety with robots can be investigated via the many British robotics and automation organisations.
Robot programming is a task that specific engineers are trained for; for simple robots’ tasks, the programming is simpler and more generic than for robots performing tasks such as measuring and analysing a system with the use of many different axes. Various different programmes are available according to the complexity of the tasks, the number of degrees of freedom (DOF) the robot has, and whether or not the robot has autonomy in its tasks.
There are myriad benefits that robots can give us, such as easing us from dull or difficult tasks, to increasing efficiency and improving productivity in factories and companies. Robots will not be the best solutions for every task, but with testing and 3D simulations we are able to quickly analyse the application and identify what can best solve the issue.
Robots can be used for a huge variety of tasks and in many different industries. Industrial robots are used in great car factories for installing large parts such as windscreens, and small, high-precision robots are used in the medical sector for delicate operations such as on the eye. In between, we can see robotic processes happening all around us, from automatic doors on buildings to automatic coffee dispensers.
A robot arm is the nature-inspired mechanical robot which was created as a mechanism which is able to provide human-like dexterity. While a human may not be able to place a windscreen on a car in the production line, a large robot with a 1-tonne payload will be able to solve this. Similarly, the igus® robolink® is able to perform task which are too dangerous or harmful for a human to do, such as assembling parts in a chemical or very dusty environment.
This is a very interesting question, simply because of the diversity in each application. This is why we have the three different robots to have the flexibility to give our customers the right robot for their needs. They can be described as fast, flexible and modular. Choosing which robot is right for the job is down to us.
That depends if you are talking about the software or the hardware. Firstly, and most importantly, the actual software itself is completely free; no charge, no licence fee, completely free. You can download the software right now, here. You can simulate all three robots very quickly. Now to the hardware, which isn’t quite so simple to answer, mainly because of the flexibility we offer, the iRC can control 2-axis up to 5-axis robots with the option to integrate vision systems and grippers too. We also have two versions, a cabinet mounted version, and a DIN-rail version for mounting into the customers own cabinet. I suppose the simplest way to answer the question is to say that the iRC starts from around £3,00
Absolutely. I welcome any customer to get in touch with us and we can organise a suitable day and time for the demonstration, this can be done over video conference or in person. Whichever best suits the customer. What is great about the software is that is it incredibly user friendly and has been designed in a way that mistakes are hard to make.