Robots in Industry

  • Richard K. Miller
Part of the VNR Competitive Manufacturing Series book series (VNRCMS)


As of mid-1985, approximately 16,000 industrial robots were estimated to be in use in the United States. There are several reasons for their use and acceptance:
  1. 1.

    Reduced labor costs,

  2. 2.

    Increased output rate.

  3. 3.

    Elimination of dangerous or undesirable jobs.

  4. 4.

    Improved product quality.

  5. 5.

    Increased manufacturing flexibility.

  6. 6.

    Reduced material wates.

  7. 7.

    Easier compliance with OSHA regulations.

  8. 8.

    Reduced labor turnover.

  9. 9.

    Lower capital cost.

  10. 10.

    Controlled and faster inventory turnover.



Spot Welding Industrial Robot Reduce Labor Cost Robot Technology Personal Robot 
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  1. 1.
    Burnstein, Jeff, “Background on the U. S. Robotics Industry,” Robotic Industries Association, June 1985.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Smith, Donald N. and Wilson, Richard C., “Industrial Robots: A Delphi Forecast of Markets and Technology,” Society of Manufacturing Engineers and The University of Michigan, 1982.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Gevarter, William B., “An Overview of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Volume II — Robotics,” National Bureau of Standards, NBSIR 82-2479, March 1982.Google Scholar

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