In real terms, robots now cost less than ever before, and modern programming tools make them easier to implement. If you are thinking about using a robot, perhaps for the first time, for assembly, pick-and-place or component manipulation in any way, I urge you to visit one of the Robot Roadshows being organised by AA Robotics. Having spent an hour or so at the Milton Keynes event, I can assure you that these are worth a visit. There are two robots, three vision systems and a vibratory bowl feeder in action, plus igus has a display of its 'energy chain' cable guides and bearings, and Laidler Associates is on hand to discuss all aspects of machinery safety (not just robot safety).
For further details and to register, visit http://www.aarobotics.co.uk/page.php?xPage=roadshow.html