What type of robots do they use in the aerospace sector?
The aerospace sector is a huge user of robotics and automation technology.
It is fair to say that every type of robot will be used in some process of the main, or secondary production process.
A popular robot in use in the aerospace sector is the M-710iC series from FANUC. A robot from this series is used to remove coatings from aerospace equipment, process which requires a high degree of accuracy and speed. Coupled with the company’s Learning Vibrations Control (LVC), iRVision and secondary encoders, the robot can learn the vibration characteristics when working at certain speeds. This creates the ideal motion for shorter accelerations and keeps vibration to a minimum.
FANUC robots are also used to drill holes in the fuselage and wings. Traditionally, a jig has to be made to provide accurate drilling. When robots are used, there is no need for a jig, because they use sophisticated vision systems which means they can drill the right number of holes and the correct places. This saves time and money for the manufacturers.
Then there is the KUKA articulated, six-axis robots which are used because they offer precision, error-free operations in environments such as cleanrooms and in explosive areas. They are able to perform complex assembly tasks with optimal safety results.
Collaborative robots (cobots) are in use in assembly plants, working alongside human workers on all manner of tasks. These might be articulated, or autonomous mobile robots which move parts around the manufacturing floor space and warehouses.