How to Identify and Tackle the Challenges of Modern Automation and Robotics Systems

Automation and robotics usage is accelerating industrial settings. While the automotive industry was the first to capitalize, others are following suit.

However, that doesn’t mean that challenges don’t exist. Taking a deep dive on the topic, Beyond the Concept host Daniel Litwin welcomed guest Dominic Fiutek, Account Manager for the Western Region at Güdel, a global manufacturer of high-precision machine components and strategic partner of Concept Systems.

Kicking off the chat was a question about metrics to determine the utility of a robot. “We work with integrators to define metrics for the end user thart are typically defined by repeatability,” Fiutek explained.

For robotics to have maximum utility, it’s all about their duty cycle, which is dependent on the space and the ability to use one robot to do multiple things.

“Before, one robot was for one application. Now, it can be for several like assembly and welding when it uses a track or gantry. You can also have multiple robots,” Fiutek said.

The advantages of using automation and robotics are more visible to different types of industrial uses. Manufacturers adopted them to maximize production but also cure the bottleneck of labor shortages.
“In the past year, some companies ceased production if it was all manual. Robotics and automation are a supplement to scale up to full production,” Fiutek noted.

Robots are a new option to deliver benefits for a wide range of end-users. Moving heavy pieces is foundational and all about strength, speed and accuracy. Fiutek mentioned that gantry helps with this. “With overhead, vertical, and floor gantries, robots can better maneuver. Gantries are also easy to configure and use. The biggest challenge right now is the messy environments that robots work in, but there are solutions to this with the right setup and integrator.”

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