This module will provide the student with an overview of robot uses, with an emphasis on the most common functions.  It includes applications such as welding, palletizing, assembly, injection molding, and spray painting.  In addition, the module also includes specialized robotic applications such as surgical and inspection robots.  Integration of 3D animation and robot simulation software enables the student to gain a better understanding of “real world" environments.  This module also covers a variety of welding processes, including MIG and TIG, and contains an introduction to specialized end effectors such as welding and spray guns.  An overview of mobile robots is also presented.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Describe the most common application for industrial robots
  • List eight applications for industrial robots
  • Name the two most common types of welding robots
  • Explain the principle of operation of a C-type welding gun
  • Compare GMAW and GTAW welding processes
  • Describe the two main types of painting robots
  • Identify the three most common functions performed by inspection robots
  • Differentiate between robot handling and assembly
  • Name two advantages of using grinding robots
  • Define the term palletizing
  • Explain the purpose of robots in the healthcare industry
  • Describe the basic operating principle of AGVs
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