Robotics In The Automotive Industry

Did you know that there are currently over 2.7 million robotics working in industrial factories around the world? In 2020, the International Federation of Robotics reported a 12% increase in robots operating worldwide.

The abrupt rise in the use of robotics over the last few years isn’t surprising when you consider the benefits these machines provide. The manufacturing process is significantly improved, as they increased productivity, enhanced efficiency, consistency, and reduced costs. One clear advantage of using robotics is the ability to handle repetitive tasks over sustained periods. This increased efficiency doesn’t end there. With the repetitive functions taken care of, employees now have more time freed up to complete the extra demanding and rewarding tasks.

Many sectors have embraced robotics in recent years, but none more so than the Automotive Industry. The Automotive Industry has been using robotics for decades now, but technological advances have led to a rapid increase within this sector. Here, robots are used to help keep up with customer demand and complete the complex and lengthy assembly process. In the initial stages of manufacturing, robots are used for welding, assembly, handling, and part transfers. Procedures such as wheel mounting, screwdriving and windscreen installation require high speeds and exceptional accuracy. It is therefore essential that these robots are well maintained and fitted with the correct bearings and lubrication.

Deep Groove Radial Ball Bearings

Single Row Deep Groove Radial ball bearings are the go-to choice for any robotic application. They range from miniatures (bearings with an internal diameter of 0.6mm to 9mm) to extra capacity, and the selection available covers virtually all uses and positions. Deep Grooves offer many advantages to ensure the smooth running and proficiency of robotics, including high speeds, low maintenance, and good radial load-carrying capacity.

Thin Section Ball Bearings

Thin Section ball bearings are designed for high-speed performance, high accuracy, and reduced friction. The difference between the inner and outer diameter is very narrow (giving these bearings their name), reducing the bearings overall weight and bulk. In applications like robotic arm joints where space is limited, these bearings and their space-saving profiles are an excellent choice.


Correct lubrication is an important factor in maintaining the performance of robots, and the bearings use within the said equipment. In such demanding and specialised applications, high quality and environment-specific lubrications are key. At QBOL, we stock ShellKluber and SKF oils and greases. For more information on the right grease type, contact us, and a member of our trusted team will help you.

Thanks to the continuous advancements of robotics, more and more sectors are sure to follow in the Automotive Industry's footsteps. At Quality Bearings Online, we provide a vast range of high-quality bearings and lubricants that operate within advanced robotics utilized in the automotive industry.

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