From assembly and pick-and-place to material handling and packaging, the use of robots is on the rise in factory automation. Extremely customizable in even the most complex applications, automation systems are beneficial for a wide variety of reasons. Taking the plunge into automation, however, can be confusing and daunting. With so many factors to consider, you may be wondering, “Where do I start?”
We will take you, step-by-step, to guide you on your journey touching on the following key areas:
- Why to automate
- Know your process
- Identify your requirements
- Automation components
- Manpower—who will build it?
Group Product Manager
Rick Brookshire has worked in the robot industry for over 33 years managing various product development, marketing, applications engineering, product management and technical support teams. He is currently the group product manager and global account manager at Epson Robots. As Director of Product Development and Engineering at Seiko Instruments, Rick’s teams helped create the first PC based robot controllers, integrated robot vision solutions and the core robot development software for Epson Robots now known as Epson RC+, which is used today in thousands of factories worldwide. After coming to Epson, Rick became a part of the Epson global development management team that creates all robot related products for Epson Robots. Rick has a BS in Computer Science, Marketing from Clemson University.