Exploratory Workshop on the Social Impacts of Robotics
Daiwa Securities America Inc.
The entry of Fujitsu Fanuc into robots has caused some of its
competitors and some of produce robots of their
the machine tool manufacturers to develop and
supplies its own NC for its machine tools. In addition, Yamatke-
Ikegami Iron Works have started Production of NC plans to introduce-additional models in the summer
Fanuc's competitors now are other manufacturers of robots who have modified their products to service machine tools.
Closely allied to the machine loader/unloaders engaged primarily in the transfer of materials.
are the robots which Many robots equipped
for specialized processes such as welding and painting can also be
modified for transferring equipment manufacturers
In addition, many conveyor
with robot entered the themselves.
manufacturers entering their market. Some materials handling market trying to carve a
robot makers special niche
Shinko Electric, Taiyo, and Kayaba Industry are manufacturers of machine loading robots that entered into the transfer field. The con- veyor manufacturers that entered the field include Tsubakimoto and Sanki Engineering. The “universal robot makers” offering machines for transferring include Kawasaki, which offered modifications of its Unimate for that purpose, Daido Steel, Yaskawa, Nachi Fujikoshi and Toyoda Machine.
Some firms specifically developed a line of materials
Motoda (now Oriental Terminal Products) makes a complete line of what is described as multi-purpose versatile robots in both variable sequence and playback versions. Their major, if not exclusive, market, seems to be the materials handling area but Motoda claims that these robots can be used for welding and spray painting. Toyo Keiki has developed a series of variable sequence robots specifically dedicated to palletizing and depalletizing. The entire area of transfer robots like the area of machine loading robots is still too greatly splintered to provide a mean- ingful market share analysis.
Assembly robots capable of inserting, screwdriving, bonding, and
similar p stage in
recesses exist largely either
in the R & D or manufacturers,
the early application such as Hitachi,