Volkswagen AG has deployed a robot that works alongside humans at its engine assembly plant here. The six-axis robotic arm is located in the cylinder head assembly section, where it is responsible for inserting delicate glow plugs into cylinder heads.
Manufacturers have lots of different robotic options available today. Proven technology includes articulated six-axis robots, Cartesian robots, delta robots and SCARA robots, which can each handle a variety of assembly tasks. So, why all the hype about a new class of automation that allows robots and human to closely interact on the plant floor?
As U.S. furniture manufacturers revamp domestic production after more than a decade of offshoring, they need help implementing state-of-the-art assembly lines. Many of those companies are seeking assistance from the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University.