Robot Parts: Know Your Robot

You’ve been utilizing robots in your factory; you are reaping the benefits in shape of better profitability and cost and time savings, but how well do you know the technology? Most people do not familiarize themselves with their robots. This post is aimed at providing you with the basic knowledge of robotic parts. Knowing robots will help you understand their working better; here’s what you need to know:

The Controller

There is a computer connected to each robot. This computer controls and ensures smooth working of the robotic arms – thus it is known as the controller. It functions as the robot’s ‘brain’. Controllers are also the key element in networking robots with other systems so that they may perform in sync and collaboration with robots, processes, or machines.

Modern day robot controllers are run by programs. This set of pre-determined commands and instructions are the only thing the robot will be able to perform – all programs are entirely designed by humans.

The Drive

You can call it the engine that makes the links (the segment between joints) to move and adjust in the desired position. Drives are often powered by electricity, air, or water pressure. A robot without a drive will only sit in a place, good for nothing.

The End- Effecter:

One can conveniently refer the end-effecter as the hand of the robot connected to the end of the robot’s arm. It varies from robot to robot depending on the function and task robot is designed to perform. The end-effecter could be anything such as a vacuum pump, a gripper, tweezers, or even a blowtorch. Some modern day robots now have the feature of supporting multiple end-effecters; they however need to be reprogrammed for a different set of functions each time.

The Sensor

Since most industrial robots these days are blind and deaf, the sensors are the only thing that allows them to intercept surrounding information. The sensors dispatch information as electronic signals to the controller. This allows the controller to determine the positioning of the robot arm, as well as the things around it.

The Arm

The arm is the basic part that is completing the very function a robot is designed for. They vary in shapes and sizes and are configured according to their intended functions. The arm positions and navigates the sensors and end-effecters to do execute pre-programmed duties.

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