Pop quiz: what are the top three industries the benefit from the use of automation? If you said agriculture, electronics and the auto industry than you are correct! These three industries rely so heavily on emotion controlled systems of automation that they may be completely unrecognizable today if it weren’t for the robotics and assembly lines producing their goods. While talking with a colleague recently discovered that there is a lot of misconception out there about robots and what their primary function is in our society. It may sound silly but I suspect that some of this misconception is reinforced in our daily society by science fiction novels and movies. Just the word “robot” invokes a vision of Will Smith fighting off evil eyed robots flying off the back of a truck. It’s hard to understand that robots are in fact just an implementation device used to carry out commands set out by a computer. There is no motion control system on earth that has the potential to become self-aware and start walking around on its own. In fact, without motions that are guided down to the millimeter a robot will cease to function and lay dormant until accurate instructions are given by the controller. So, since we are going over the broad strokes, let’s talk more about these three industries and how automation and motion systems have changed the landscape.
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