What is Robotic Benchmarking?
Robots are everywhere. Companies are integrating the use of robotics into their workplaces at an exponential rate due to technological innovations and advancements, resulting in unimaginable precision, productivity and flexibility. With all of this technology, companies must find new ways to measure performance to ensure the technology is operating at its peak, which is why we have robotic benchmarking.
Benchmarking simply refers to evaluating or checking something by comparing it to a standard, a very important step in most technical and manufacturing fields. Companies use benchmarking to directly test their solutions against those of competitors and inform decisions about which new technologies to buy. Robotic benchmarking specifically evaluates the performance of robotics, giving companies a clear insight into which technologies are best suited for their needs.
Robotics is still on the rise and there is a lot of room for growth when it comes to robotics benchmarking. However, there are a few ways to measure robotic performance today. Below are two types of benchmarks specific to robotic manipulators, including collaborative robots:
Manipulator Performance Metrics
Manipulator performance metrics are standards integrated into robotics to measure performance metrics including accuracy, repeatability and pay load capacity, as well as the objective performance a robotic manipulator. Many standards exist to define the protocols of how these metrics should be measured. One of these highly recommendable standards is known as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9283). Manipulator performance metrics are often interpreted as more abstract standards since they can’t provide concrete answers to direct questions in manufacturing industries. For instance, the metric performance can’t concretely answer whether or not the robot will be able to assemble a product.
Overall, fewer task-based benchmarks exist within the robotics industry. The purpose of the task-based benchmark is to define the tasks which demonstrate the robot’s abilities or capabilities in specific fields. For instance, demonstrating the robot’s capabilities in pouring a liter of oil or assembling a particular product. Unlike the manipulator performance metrics, task-based benchmarks are actual benchmarks for the real world because they provide a realistic image of how the robot actually performs.
However, the peg-in-hole task remains the closest thing to a standard task based manipulator benchmark. Just like the name suggests, the peg-in-hole task involves inserting a peg into a hole.
The use of robotics will continue to rise as factories become more intelligent and require technology that can maximize efficiency and performance. As robotics become more integrated in our workplaces, we must also find ways to measure these robotics to make sure they perform to the highest standard.