|Utah/MIT Hand, I was in teaching kids as volunteer.|
Saturday, October 16, 2010
What Industrial Robots do the Customers Want(Part one)?
Someone said this is not robot for it has only two axes that fall out of definition of robot by ISO that states as “...in three or more axes.” Here is the thing: Do we have to meet customer need? Or, do we have to meet definition of robot. As the customer said before, he needed an inexpensive machine and just got job done. It is clear that he did not want spend more money to pay fancy thing. He just wanted the job done. No more and no less. Instead of using six axes, we just used two axes and save $50,000 for our customer. In the later version, we saved more and putted additional $10,000 back into customer packet. Professor Paul Wright (UC Berkeley) and Professor Jacob Schwartz (NYU) name this kind of machines as “Smart Machine” which simplified the driver systems by applying sensors and/or computing. This concept applied in defense arm as “Smart Bomb” that has similar function as missile but it only cost 20% of missile and has more accuricy in targeting.
(Next article we will discuss new robot developments, some cool stuffs.)
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