Robot cell design and programming
Robot cell design is a layout or planning to have fully functioning integration process. An industrial robot work cell is a workstation which consists of at least one robot and its controller along with the safely measures.
Generally, robot cell design come in two cell types: steel and aluminium. Aluminum is light weight and it is easy to modify or extend with no need for welding or painting. Steel has rugged appearance and it is use for heavy works, for example, the metals processing industries. Phoenix are in the position of offering both types,
What to consider on Robot cell design planning?
- Number of Robots: Manufacturers employ additional robots in a cell in order to increase production
- Types of Robots: A single-gripper robot can hold only one part at a time.
- Cell Layout: The layout refers to the arrangement of machines within the cell. Most robotic cell models assume one of two layouts: linear or circular.
- Number of Part-Types: A cell producing identical parts is referred to as a single-part-type cell. In contrast, a multiple-part-type cell processes lots that contain different types of parts. Generally, these different part types require different processing times.
- Processing Times: Since each of the stages performs a different function, each, in general, has a different processing time.
- Loading and Unloading Times: The time required for loading and unloading is another factor that influences the processing.
Robot cell design safety
It is estimated that between 20 and 50% of the cost of a robot installation is attributable to safety-related issues, so robot cell design is an important factor that contribute to the safety of the integration system.
Some of the safety measures to protect the human operators from physical damages are: constructing physical barriers between robot and human workers, emergency stop buttons and laying out the equipment within the work cell.
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