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Types of Industrial Robots

When it comes to industrial robots, there are seven primary types. Each of these types has its own robot joint configuration and application. This article will cover how each of these robots operates, what industries they are most suitable for, and their most common applications.

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The Different Industrial Robots

Industrial robots come in seven primary types. The following sections will discuss how each of the following robot types operates and their industrial applications:

Articulated Robots
Articulation with several degrees of freedom allows the articulated arms a wide range of movements.
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Cartesian Robots
Cartesian robots are robots that can do 3 translations using linear slides.
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Collaborative Robots (Cobots)
Capable of learning multiple tasks so it can assist with and work side-by-side with humans. Highly versatile and programmable.
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Cylindrical Robots
Characterized by their rotary joint at the base and at least one prismatic joint connecting its links. They can move vertically and horizontally by sliding.
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Delta Robots
Particularly useful for direct control tasks and high maneuvering operations.
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Polar/Spherical Robots
Polar robots are robot configurations with a combined linear joint and two rotary joints, with an arm connected to a robotic base and a twisting joint.
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SCARA Robots
Scara robots are robots that can do 3 translations plus a rotation around a vertical axis.
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