The statistics for robots within the factory floor have changed dramatically over the past decade, with more than 90% of all robots within factory and assembly lines deployed within the automotive sector; this has changed dramatically with robots entering factories in most industries where there are repetitive tasks which do not require human supervision. Only 50% of the total number of robots deployed, are in use within automotive industries.
Most robots are designed to be a helping hand or a high-tech tool. They help people with tasks that would be difficult, unsafe, boring, or repetitive for a human to perform. The first industrial robots performed tasks that were, “Hot, Heavy, or Hazardous,” the three-H’s, performing tasks that were too difficult or too dangerous for people. Robots exhibit varying degrees of autonomous behavior; many robots are programmed to faithfully carry out specific repetitive actions without variation and with an extremely high degree of accuracy. These actions are determined by programmed routines that specify the direction, acceleration, velocity, deceleration, and distance of a series of coordinated motions. Sometimes they mimic the motions of humans exactly, and other times they improve upon it, moving faster, more precisely, or more smoothly than humans.
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