IEEE Robotics and Automation Award


Industrial robot
Autonomous research robot
Domestic robot

General purpose

Home automation
Banking automation
Laboratory automation
Integrated library system
Broadcast automation
Console automation
Building automation

Specific purpose

Automated attendant
Automated guided vehicle
Automated highway system
Automated pool cleaner
Automated reasoning
Automated teller machine
Automatic painting (robotic)
Pop music automation
Robotic lawn mower
Telephone switchboard
Vending machine

Social movements
Articulated industrial robot operating in a foundry.

An industrial robot is a robot system used for manufacturing. Industrial robots are automated, programmable and capable of movement on three or more axes.[1]

Typical applications of robots include welding, painting, assembly, disassembly[2], pick and place for printed circuit boards, packaging and labeling, palletizing, product inspection, and testing; all accomplished with high endurance, speed, and precision. They can assist in material handling.

In the year 2020, an estimated 1.64 million industrial robots were in operation worldwide according to International Federation of Robotics (IFR).[3]