How do they use robots in the electronics and semiconductor industry?
Robots are used extensively throughout the electronics and semiconductor industry.
And it's a market place which is growing.
Robots are used for a wide variety of tasks, including assembly, disassembly, soldering and pick and place, and often used within a clean room environment.
The factor which has driven the growth of robots within this sector has been the simplification of the assembly process, which means that automation is extremely well suited to the processes involved.
And a further impact of this has been that costs have come down, as cheaper and less sophisticated robots are able to do the job.
The robot sector has also been able to respond to the greater demand by developing equipment which is best suited to the industry. For example, components are generally more fragile than those found in other industries. Therefore, previously, many robots and their tooling were too ‘clumsy’ to be any use. But now, advances in gripper technology, has made robots more suited to the finesse and dexterity needed when handling fragile components. So, the usual attributes of robotics and automation - accuracy, precision and flexibility - can be applied to the industry.
One of the most popular applications for robotics in the industry is pick and place, so the robot tool has to be dynamic and be able to feel its way through the process. Accuracy and precision are the main attributes for any robot system within this industry. Speed, for speed’s sake, is not something which is coveted.
The robot has a vital role to play within this sector.