Modularity in robotics provides automation for all

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Courtesy of Robotics Design Inc.

Robots have brought significant advances to the manufacturing process in the past decade. Industries such as assembly, palletizing, materials handling, welding and even painting currently use robots to facilitate their everyday work and advancements are released daily in this fast-paced market. New innovative technologies being introduced to the market by Robotics Design Inc., however, allow industrial robots to be used in ways that mean automation for everyone. Christened ‘ANAT technology’ in 1997, this technology has given birth to three generations of robots, namely the AMI-100, a modular robotic industrial manipulator. Attached to a base, this robot features a hyper-redundant articulated arm made from identical connected modules. Each module contains an entire robotic system and motor, and is made with Robotics Design’s patented U and H shaped modules, making them cost and time efficient to produce and structurally rugged. Repair work is quick and inexpensive, as broken modules can easily be replacedby identical modules. The arm can bend  at the axis of each module, mimicking the natural movement of a snake. This allows the AMI-100 to avoid obstacles with ase and perform complex tasks in limited work envelopes.Many new markets can be served because of the flexibility of hese robots. For ship repair, technicians must first cut the ship’s hull, effectively separating it in two, allowing workers to reach small, inaccessible areas.

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