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Learn more at www.igus.com/robolink In the medical industry, changes are a constant. Today's top medical manufacturers develop and create an incredible range of products, from the tiniest implantables to incredibly large and complex MRI machines and everything in between. Flexibility on the manufacturing floor is critical to keep up with both the continual updates to a company's catalog, as well as the ever-evolving technology always surrounding the medical industry. Lightweight robotics are used in a wide variety of tasks on the medical manufacturing floor. They are used to aid in the assembly of products, as well as in performing quality check procedures. Unlike humans, robotic systems can complete the same task countless times without sacrificing precision. For example, when performing a quality analysis, a robotic arm can be programmed to inspect the exact dimensions of an implantable medical device and prevent imperfect pieces from continuing along the conveyor or assembly line. Smaller, lighter, and lower in cost than traditional industrial robots, lightweight robotic arms have a wide range of benefits in the fast-paced world of medical manufacturing. However, there are still a number of challenges that must be faced. Challenges in manufacturing In today's manufacturing climate, there are numerous challenges to overcome by plant supervisors and assembly line designers; the most difficult being flexibility. The ability to quickly react and adjust to product updates, new manufacturing procedures, or quantity changes is critical for plant managers, as well as the companies they work for. Global demand, partnered with fast changes in technology in the medical industry means that manufacturing is constantly evolving. A traditional manufacturing facility, even one utilizing lightweight robotic arms, is not designed for these types of fluctuations. The inability to quickly adapt and change robotic systems can lead to plant backup and lost potential sales, or expensive changes to a plant's setup and organization. Unlike large scale industrial robotic systems, lightweight robots allow for lighter, easier movement in smaller spaces. Lightweight robotics for medical manufacturing

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