PCB Industrial Robots
The PCB industry is a technology-intensive, capital-intensive and labor-intensive industry. A large number of automation equipment require manual operations and pipelining. A medium-sized PCB company needs thousands of employees. PCB manufacturers are experiencing the challenge of labor shortage and high labor costs, and the consequent impact on production planning, product quality and profitability. At the same time, with the improvement of robot performance and the decrease of price, the production mode of "automation equipment + manual operation" replaced by "automation equipment + industrial robot operation" will become the trend of PCB industry.
Industrial robots are multifunctional, multi-degree-of-freedom mechatronic robotic equipment and systems that perform certain operational tasks in the manufacturing process through repetitive programming and automatic control. It can be composed of stand-alone or multi-machine automation systems that enable unmanned access to a wide range of production operations such as handling, soldering, sorting, assembly and painting.
Since the first generation of robots came into existence in the United States in the early 1960s, the development and application of industrial robots have been developing rapidly and are widely used in production. They have become an important and highly automated equipment in modern manufacturing industry.
The most remarkable features of industrial robots are summarized in the following three points:
1.Programmable. The further development of production automation is flexible automation. Industrial robots can be reprogrammed to meet the needs of their work tasks and environmental changes. Therefore, it can play a very good role in the flexible manufacturing process with small batch and variety of balanced high efficiency. It is an important part of the flexible manufacturing system (FMS).
2.Personification. Controlled by the computer, the mechanical structure of industrial robots have parts which are similar like people like walking, lumbar, arm, arm, wrist, hand claws, etc. In addition, intelligent industrial robots also have many human-like "biosensors" such as skin type contact sensors, force sensors, load cells, vision sensors, acoustic sensors, language functions, etc. Sensors improve the industrial robot's adaptability to the surrounding environment.
3.Versatility. In addition to the specially designed industrial robots, the general industrial robots have good versatility in performing different tasks. For example, the replacement of industrial robot hand end manipulator (claws, tools, etc.) can perform different tasks.