I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine regarding robotics…
We would love to use robotics, but our parts are very complex, and cannot be removed by a simple robot.
6-Axis articulated robotics are becoming increasingly common because of the following reasons:
1. They can perform complex movements – This allows injection molders to remove complex geometries from the mold, as well as simplify automation by allowing the robot to peroxide some of the secondary operations.
2. They are very reliable – Believe it or not, many 6-axis robotics are as reliable as their 2, 3, and 4-axis counterparts.
3. They are inexpensive – I have seem some 6-axis robots that are less expensive than many popular 4-axis robots.
6-axis robotics tend to be slower than their 2, 3, and 4-axis counterparts. In most cases, the difference in speed tends to be less than 1 second increase for 6-axis robotics.