Robots for automotive manufacturing have transformed auto assembly lines. Industrial automotive robots for automobile assembly are cost effective, efficient, safe and perform with surgical precision. Here we’ll look at specific FANUC Drives, Motors, Displays, Controls, PCBsand other robot parts in automobile manufacturing.
Why FANUC Robot Assembly? With an installed base of 400,000 robots worldwide, FANUC leads industrial robot manufacturers. Specifically, auto makers have adopted robot technology faster than all other industries between 2013 and 2015 (source: International Federation of World Robotics).
Let’s look at automotive assembly applications and FANUC robot parts that extend the electro-mechanical life of robots.
Buy New or Repair FANUC Robot Parts?
Industrial robots aren’t new to manufacturing, however continuous efficiency and performance improvements are driving sales. To reduce auto assembly equipment costs, manufacturers can choose to replace robot parts with a repaired, refurbished or reconditioned FANUC part.
Repair exchanges with FANUC refurbished part suppliers can save up to 50% over buying new when a FANUC robot, or FANUC CNC machine is down. In other instances, the factory is retrofiting and upgrading their production line and requests aftermarket spare parts, accessories, and components because they are compatible with the existing equipment. Plus, there are time savings when the OEM has a long lead time for delivery or simply no longer stocks the part.
Let’s look under the hood to see FANUC robot parts in action.
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FANUC Automotive Robot Parts and Applications
Operator Panels in workstations allow remote visual operation and safety for human operators during process monitoring and control of factory robots. A common operator panel application is arc welding or spot welding where extreme heat, shock hazards and gases are present.
Remote robot operators use operator displays for visual contact during automotive assembly. Operator workstations include: CRT Displays, LCD Displays, Plasma and Panel Displays.
More recently, FANUC collaborative robot adoption is allowing operators and robots to safely work side-by-side for “hand guiding” and “path teaching” applications.
Teach Pendants or “teach boxes” are usually handheld devices operators use to program automotive robots. The robot is put into teach mode, and the operator uses the teach pendant to step the robot through a routine.
Teach pendants for automotive Parts Transfer is one example where robots are programmed for high-speed transfer and assembly of auto parts. In fact, robots with the same sensors and grippers are now being trained to teach one another!
Electric Motors and Drives have evolved as industrial robots have entered the workforce. Efficiency and productivity are requiring more compact electric robot motors and drives. Together, motor and drives makeup a robot drive system.
Let’s simplify the relationship between drives and motors: Drives control the amount of electricity sent to robot motors. The drive receives a signal from the control system and signals the motor to produce motion. The motor in turn delivers mechanical force, or torque.
An example application in robotic drives and motors in automotive assembly is Material Removal. This includes cutting, grinding, deburring and polishing an auto body. You can thank a well-trained robot drive system for that smooth finish on your next new car.
PCBs (printed circuit board), commonly referred to as “boards”, connect electrical components using conductive tracks (traces) etched into a laminated board. Robot PCBs are found in Control, Displays, Operator Workstations, and Drive Systems — anywhere robot programming is needed.
Second only to their human counterparts, PCBs are “control” freaks and the brains behind automotive assembly operations.
Robot Power Supplies impact the entire system and must be chosen to meet exact specifications. Robot power supplies you’ll commonly see are batteries, generators, transformers, pneumatics, electric motors and solar power.
Choosing the right robot power supply is critical, especially when it comes to activities that require intense electrical energy. For example, cutting, grinding and welding uses high-voltage output to penetrate, heat and join metal objects.
Power supplies keep drives systems and controls running. Robots don’t take breaks, so they consume lots of energy.
FANUC Automotive “Bot” Parts Extend Electrical Life
Automating automobile factory operations with robots lowers labor costs, conserves space, improves efficiency and human operator safety.
New robot sales are trending sharply. FANUC aftermarket replacement parts, and robot repair extend robot electrical life and preserve auto makers’ investment now and into the future.
Still, auto makers and automotive robots continue to rely on living, breathing automation equipment technicians to keep FANUC electronic equipment healthy and productive for years to come.
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