New ideas lead to innovative technical solutions and improve cost-effectiveness in production processes. In addition to the machine tools currently available on the market, industrial robots are increasingly being implemented as a cost-effective, flexible and automated manufacturing solution for machining processes. The improved efficiency of sensors, actuators and data processing together with their ease of integration make it possible to use robots for much more than just typical handling and assembly tasks. The performance characteristics of robots, such as speed, repetition accuracy, absolute accuracy, handling capacity and rigidity, are constantly being improved. For this reason, robots are increasingly being implemented as an economic and flexible alternative to machining tools.
The greatest advantage of using robots rather than conventional machine tools for machining processes lies in their flexibility and process integration (e.g. machining, handling, assembly). Complex workpiece geometries can be processed without re-clamping and machining costs cut significantly.