I was asked the following question by a technician the other day…
What is the difference between automation and robotics?
Automation generally refers to any component which performs a basic repetitive task; such as conveying or sorting parts. In general, robotics are more complex devices which are programmed to perform advanced repetitive tasks; such as the removal, stacking, packaging, or assembly of parts.
In the plastics industry, the terms automation and robotics both refer to mechanical pieces of equipment and are often used interchangeably.