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Robotics

Course CodeBSC116
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Study Robotics

Robotics is a cutting edge field which is increasingly important across a wide range of industries.

Build an understanding of robotic components, operation and application.

  • commercial and domestic applications and more
  • excellent foundation for working with automation in any industry.

 

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Types of Robots
  2. Actuators
  3. Sensors
  4. Power Supplies and Control Systems
  5. Kinematics
  6. Cybernetics
  7. Maintenance of Robots
  8. Robotic Applications

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Robotics is the Future

Robotics has an increasing variety of applications in a very wide range of industries as well as domestic and other applications. Industrial robots allow us to build and handle products automatically and more efficiently.

Robots can not only entertain people, but it can also carry out tedious, dangerous and remote tasks without much human intervention.

 

 

Examples of what Industrial robots might do

Industrial robots are used in various industries to carry out different types of complicated tasks. Logistics, manufacturing, and transportation are the major domains using industrial robots.

 

Logistics

Logistics is a domain in which requires skilled labour to perform repeated tasks with precision. With the advancements in trading and e-commerce, the demand for skilled labour is increasing than the available supply. Automation in this field helps to improve the distribution rate, efficiency, accuracy, and safety. Major sectors in logistics which use robots are listed below.

Loading or Unloading
Loading and unloading shipping containers is difficult and time-consuming. It demands high accuracy and manual work. Robots can overcome these barriers and used in logistics for loading and unloading. With the help of cameras or scanners to locate packages, robots can do the function effectively and accurately.

Piece Picking
Industrial robot arms enabled with vision, can pick pieces from shelves with the help of a grabbing algorithm and move it to another location. There are stationary piece picking robots which can operate in a workstation, and mobile piece picking robots which can move around to different workstations.

Customizing and Packing
Collaborative robots are used in warehouses to assist workers in customising and packing items. For instance, robots can be used to put new price stickers on a bulk of items or open a package and take an item out to add a customised message then put it back in the package. Robots work in collaboration with humans to perform these complex functions as it has to deal with different shapes and sizes.

Delivery
Robots are used to deliver packages to various destinations. Drones which deliver food packages are examples of delivery robots.

Manufacturing Robots

Manufacturing industry makes extensive use of robots to improve the quantity and quality of production. Robots are used to perform dangerous or unsuitable tasks for humans, such as chemical handling or repeated steps that may cause boredom or negligence of the worker. High precision, excellent repeatability, and great reliability are the advantages of employing robots in manufacturing. Applications of robots in manufacturing process are as follows.

i. Casting
Robots are used in casting to hold the moulds for casting.  They can also be used in the removal of cast parts, trimming, finishing and assembly processes.

ii. Painting
Painting or application of other chemicals such as adhesives can be highly toxic and hazardous for workers. This makes it an ideal task for robots as the application needs to be uniform, and robots can reduce the wastage of materials. Robotic painting can be applied in applications such as automobile manufacturing.

iii. Welding
Welding is one of the most common applications of robots in the field of manufacturing. It is the process of joining metal pieces together by using a high current and low voltage. Robot welding is a cost-effective process and used by automobile, furniture, appliances industries, etc.

iv. Mounting
In manufacturing, the assembly lines are automated by robot arms. For instance, robotic arms are used in automotive assembly lines to mount components like gearboxes, pumps, and motors. These robots work with high speed and precision and they are cost-effective.

Transportation Robotics

Transportation engineering makes use of robotics in several ways, including excavation, tunnel building, construction, and maintenance of bridges, etc. Furthermore, robotics has been revolutionising the methods of transportation. Automated trains, self-driving cars, and unpiloted planes are a few examples of robotics in transportation. Even though this technology is clean and efficient, large-scale implementation is still under experimentation.

 

These examples however are just the tip of the iceberg.

Study this course to get a very real understanding of what is possible with robots; and how it might be possible.