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    Exploratory Workshop on the Social Impacts of Robotics

Daiwa Securities America Inc.

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5)

Spray painting is a very unhealthy job because of the

chemicals and dust.

The spray painting robot could free the operator

from staying in the spray booth. to meet safety regulations.

It

provided

a relatively

simple

way

Kobe Steel introduced the Norwegian Trallfa spray painters--a rather expensive robot. Both Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries worked wit h other firms -- Nihon Parkerizing Co. and Iwata Air Compressor Mfg. Co. respectively to develop playback spray robots. Tokico offered a large variety of low priced painting robots while Nachi Fujikoshi offered a spray robot with both remote and direct teaching.

Considering the demand for spray robots (Nissan alone is reportedly

seeking 300 increased. changes are

units) it seems evident that production objectives will be It is still too early to predict the future market share as expected shortly, at least in Hitachi.

MACHINE LOADING AND UNLOADING

Industrial robots have been applied to a wide variety of production processes in which the basic breakdown of the process indicated that the

robot is being used primarily, if not exclusively, for (1) loading and

unloading, This refers

(2) trans-shipping and (3) palletizing to applications in the following areas:

and

depalletizing.

  • 1)

    die casting

  • 2)

    forging

  • 3)

    press work

  • 4)

    plastic molding

  • 5)

    machine tool loading

  • 6)

    heat treatment

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