Robots are proving to be huge ROI generators, improving productivity gains for manufacturers in the highly competitive electronics industry.
FREMONT, CA: Since the development of semiconductors, the electronics manufacturing industry is benefitting from groundbreaking innovations one after the other. As the cost of raw materials and other critical electronics components falls, manufacturers are turning to next-generation robotics solutions to enhance operational efficiency and reduce labor costs without harming the quality of electronics devices. See how robotics is adding efficiency to manufacturing.
Robotics is used in electronics manufacturing because it can handle the unique manufacturing conditions involved in the process. Robotic assembly can adapt to the production demand, quickly locating electronic parts as needed. Robots can verify solder joint quality or read unique identification codes for product traceability. When a circuit board is turned on, a robot can look for hot spots signaling possible failure. With the robot applying consistent pressure for a preset duration at every cycle, touch-screen functional testing emerges as an excellent robotic application in electronics manufacturing.
Robots also pack assembled products at high speed while leaving nothing out. Individual packages are put into cartons robotically, and the cartons are palletized—all without human intervention. As robotics becomes essential in electronics manufacturing, manufacturers are abandoning manual processes. With a reduced need for human labor, robotics is making electronics manufacturing much easier, cost-effective, and fast.
Deploying robots in electronics manufacturing also protect workers from dangerous jobs. In electronics assembly, repetitive motion, twisting and lifting in handling, packaging, and palletizing may lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Solvents in sealing materials and adhesives can have health implications, so using a robot in manufacturing can avoid these risks.
The electronics manufacturing industry is realizing the potentials of robotics and is adopting them rapidly. Robotic technology will continue to penetrate electronics manufacturing in the future too, creating next-level electronic devices.