Robot technology continues to evolve, automating more jobs that were previously done by hand. Motoman Inc. is taking a new look at ways to let robots do human-performed tasks, coming out with a dual-armed robot.
A key benefit of the robot is the time-tested improvement of taking less floor space. But the arms can be more closely interlinked than when two separate robots work together. Motoman predicts that the robots will do tasks like holding products in place while the second hand screws or bolts them into place, working much like a human.
The idea caught a lot of interest at the recent IMTS show in Chicago, where at least one competitor was as adept at listing product characteristics as Motoman salesmen. But he wondered whether two arms will help eliminate human hands on the plant floor.