Ever watched “The Jetsons”? It was a ‘60s cartoon family living in the future. George Jetson drove a gas-free hovercraft. Jane, his wife, and the school-age children chatted on mobile and video calls. The family also had a spunky robotic maid, Rosie, who cleaned and maneuvered around a talking dog, Astro.
Today we live like the Jetsons. We see gas-free electric cars on the road. We rely on the internet for everyday activities. Perhaps you’re reading this blog on a mobile phone. The Internet of Things leads to gadgets that work hard and work smart. You can now talk to a voice-activated virtual assistant to help with simple tasks. In addition, work and family chats happen routinely via video calls. Need a robotic maid? No problem. We’ve got robotic vacuums, to clean while we’re away from home. And a playful robotic dog is coming out soon.

Robotics Do the Tough Work

Many products are manufactured using robotics technology. For example, think about the production of your car. The vehicle requires an assembly line of robotic arms. These machines handle each part of the production process ranging from painting to payload handling, the efficient transfer of the finished car off the assembly line. The speed and precision of robots allow manufacturers to produce more cars in less time and at lower cost. Many of these robots use plastics to make them work.

Instead of performing tedious and back-breaking work, humans get robots to do it. Automated machines can perform a diverse range of tasks like welding, packing and stacking with no need for rest. Now our job is to maintain and repair the robots. Moreover, our reliance on robots means dedicated focus to refinement and upgrades of these advanced machines. 

Plastic in Robotics Improves Safety and Design

In the manufacturing world, robots are comprised of a long list of parts; many of them — screws, bolts, pipes, moldings and washers, are increasingly made of plastics, including PEEK, PEI, Torlon® and Nylon.

There are many advantages to the use of plastics in robots:

  1. Plastic is lightweight compared to metal and other materials.
  2. Certain plastics are designed to be chemical-resistant and able to withstand extreme environmental conditions.
  3. Plastic plays a role in making manufacturing safer.  Advanced robots perform work that would be hazardous for humans.
  4. Plastic is a fast, cost effective medium to create prototypes of robots.

Plastic makes robots last longer. The advantages of plastic are numerous and appeal to manufacturers. Major industries have ramped up incorporating plastic in their fields. As a result, plastic generates an attractive ROI by increasing safety while lowering time and cost for manufacturers.

As you go about your daily life, it’s easy to use technological devices without wondering how they’re made. Now you know, plastic in robotics serves a big role. Decades later, the life of The Jetsons isn’t just a cartoon. It’s real.

Craftech Industries produces a wide range of industrial-grade plastic fasteners as well as customized plastic parts. Call us at 800-833-5130 to discuss your needs.


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