Rigid automation and flexible automation

Object manipulation, laser cutting, assembly, painting, and welding are just some of the many processes carried out by an industrial robot. They are extremely versatile and flexible tools that can be programmed according to the type of work. Since their introduction in the 1960s, robots have marked a turning point in automatic precision machining, standing out from their predecessors, such as NC machine tools.


The application of this technology in automated production systems has ushered in the era of Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory. Its use has been decisive for many factors: reduction of labour costs, optimisation of production flows, increase in production rates, improvement of the quality of the finished product. The versatility, adaptability and precision of industrial robots have relieved human operators of the need to perform dangerous and repetitive tasks. Today they are used to carry out different types of operations, in both rigid and flexible automation systems. Here are some of the most important:

  • Object handling and transport

From palletising to loading and unloading, through to the packaging of goods. These are among the most common tasks performed by an industrial robot and do not relate to a specific sector. These operations exploit the robot's ability to pick up an object and move it in three-dimensional space, along paths and movements predefined by software.

  • Manufacturing

In manufacturing lines, robots are typically used to perform tasks such as assembly, painting, laser cutting, welding, and deburring. These operations are made possible by the robot's ability to manipulate objects and tools, changing their characteristics and delivering a finished product.

  • Quality control

Robots are efficient tools, capable of measuring and verifying the quality of industrial products, and identifying any manufacturing defects. This ensures higher throughput and shorter inspection times.

  • Servicing of CNC machine tools

Industrial robots can also be integrated with CNC machines to handle and load/unload objects of various sizes, thereby optimising the production process.

Assistec's innovative and automated integration

With the advent of Industry 4.0, the production cycle is constantly evolving and requires innovative and automated technologies. The Assistec robotic islands adapt to the new requirements without the need to rebuild the entire system, thanks to the robot and CNC communication software.

With our highly specialised know-how, acquired over more than 25 years working as a technical support service and system integrator, we design and build automation systems for CNC machines. We are specialists in machine tool servicing and in workpiece or equipment manipulation Contact us for advice.

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