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What type of robots do they use in the electronics and semiconductor industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

Selective compliance assembly robot arm (SCARA) and cartesian robots have always been popular robots within the electronics and semiconductor industry. 

In fact, they were the main robots operating in this area, until smaller and articulated robots started to gain momentum. However, Delta, small serial-link and six-axis articulated robots, and increasingly collaborative robots, are on the rise. 

SCARA and Deltas are a top choice because they display qualities which are important for the industry, such as low inertia and high precision at high speeds.

The main advantage with SCARA robots is that they provide a cylindrical work envelope. This means, when it comes to handling, picking and placing, they can deliver higher speeds than Cartesian, or articulated robots. What’s more, many in the industry say that SCARA robots can deliver, when compared to articulated robots, better repeatability and positional capabilities. And when it comes to smaller payloads, say under 10kg, the SCARA is better suited than other robots. 

The Delta robot, which has made a big impression in the consumer goods and food industries, is now being used more widely in the electronics and semiconductor industry. Delta robots are now also being used in the assembly of electrical components. Delta robots are well received, because they are accurate and have a greater degree of repeatability. 

Yet with the advancements of six-axis articulated robots and cobots, industry experts expect to see them taking on a greater number of tasks.  

Also, expect to see cobots make an impact upon this market over the coming years. 

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