The future of robots in the electronics and semiconductor industry
The real future of robots in the electronics and semiconductor industry is that not only will they be increasingly used for pick and place activities, but they will also be used in ever more sophisticated work that requires great dexterity and accuracy.
Experts are quick to point out that tolerances, for example, are much tighter within this industry, than say the automotive industry. Therefore, it’s not only a case that to work efficiency in this sector robots have to be precise, but that they can also be more efficient than human workers when it comes to handling fragile components.
Therefore, as robots become more sophisticated and sensitive, using grippers that are built specifically for the job, they are being used for more complex tasks. Manufacturers and integrators have to work within a number of ranges, including accuracy, speed, force compliance, motion, dexterity, reach and safety.
And the continual challenge for robot manufacturers is that their equipment has to be suitable for the cleanroom. It’s clear that robots which will work in the future in the electronics and semiconductor industry will need to have a smaller footprint and smaller controllers which use less power.
The problem with robots, that a number in a cleanroom moving at high speed, give off a large number of particles. And it’s not only when they are operational. Integration has to be conducted within a sterile environment and its vitally important they do not pick up particles when they are being transported to where they will be working.
Robots are going to play a vital role in the industry.