This section provides an overview for desktop robotic machines as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 8 desktop robotic machine manufacturers and their company rankings.
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Desktop Robotic Machines are robots that are small enough to be placed on a desk.
Desktop robots are often used in factory automation and sales applications to support sales staff.
In some cases, robots are developed to suit the company's own products, while in other cases, robots are made by combining general-purpose products from robot manufacturers.
In particular, they are used to replace human operators with robots for detailed work in factory automation applications.
By replacing dedicated parts, the robot can be used for a variety of applications.
Desktop robotic machines are used to promote factory automation (FA).
Desktop robotic machines can be broadly classified into two types, and it is necessary to select the type of desktop robotic machines that best suits the purpose of use and the operating environment.
Desktop robotic machines are classified as follows
This section describes the principle of desktop robotic machines.
Desktop robotic machines generally consist of three components: a dedicated part to perform a task, a movable part to move it, and a control part to control the whole process.
The dedicated part, which embodies the movements required for various applications, performs tasks such as welding, cutting, and assembly, and is used in a variety of fields in the manufacturing industry, including automobile and electrical equipment manufacturing.
As an example, the following is a case study of the assembly process of Desktop Robotic Machines used in an automotive drive motor production line.
Desktop robotic machines are ideal for cell production sites that produce a wide variety of products in small quantities because of their versatility in applications such as coating, assembly, board partitioning, soldering, and inspection.
Normally, for robots of a certain size, such as vertically articulated robots (products with output of 80 W or more), it may be advisable to install fences around the robot as a safety measure to prevent work area overlap with people.
Desktop robotic machines, on the other hand, have long been developed with the assumption that they will be used in cooperation with humans, and there are many products with output power of 80 W or less. These products do not require fences around the robot, allowing them to work together with human operators. However, when a desktop robotic machine is used for dispensing, for example, a needle is attached to the end of the desktop robotic machine's arm, which can be dangerous. Therefore, it is preferable to implement safety measures such as constantly measuring the area around the robot with a distance sensor or camera and monitoring the system side to prevent any harm to people.
A pen plotter is a mechanical device that uses a pen to copy text output from a PC onto paper. Traditionally, pen plotters have been used in the mechanical engineering field to transcribe drafted drawings onto paper.
Pen plotters are often configured with NC devices such as SCARA robots, but they can also be realized with vertically articulated desktop robotic machines. Vertically articulated robots have a high degree of freedom of movement and can perform translational movement along the X, Y, and Z axes as well as rotational movement in each axis. Our handwriting includes not only translational movements but also rotational movements. By realizing a pen plotter with a vertically articulated robot, it is conceivable that it can produce a texture more similar to handwritten text than before.
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