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Industrial Robotics, 1st Edition

  • Keith Dinwiddie
  • ISBN-10: 1133610994
  • ISBN-13: 9781133610991
  • 304 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

Offering current, comprehensive coverage, INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS delivers a thorough introduction to the industry and a basic understanding of the subjects needed for starting a career in industrial robotics. It begins with a background on the history and development of industrial automation, then moves into subjects such as robot mechanical unit configurations, controller architecture, and general software structure. A general overview of programming and end-of-arm tooling is also provided. The first edition highlights three subjects not typically addressed in robotic texts -- industrial sensors, vision systems, and maintenance. Sensors and vision systems are the eyes, ears, and fingers of modern industrial automation and robot systems. Numerous general maintenance concepts are presented to help prepare students for entry into the job market. The text also covers the economic aspects of robots in the workplace as well as the issues of human/robot interfaces.


  • Offering real-world insight, INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS provides a basic understanding of the key concepts needed for students considering a career in industrial robotics.

  • Its comprehensive coverage includes several topics not discussed in most robotic texts: vison systems, sensors, and maintenance.

  • Extremely student friendly, the text provides information that is not robot or program specific –- meaning it can be used across programs. It is also packed with current examples and illustrations.

  • Basic programming instruction definition and interpretation enable students to break a programming problem into its component parts, solve the component parts, and integrate them into a finished program.

  • Ensuring students get the most from their study time, each chapter provides a list of key points, a summary of the key points, and a series of review questions to check their comprehension.

  • Helping you maximize the success of your course, Instructor Resources include engaging PowerPoints, comprehensive Test Banks, and Answer Keys.


"This is a very worthwhile project that is overdue."
— Thomas Sturm, University of St. Thomas

About the Author

Keith Dinwiddie

Keith E. Dinwiddie is the Technical Education Extension Specialist/Instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College where he has been teaching industrial maintenance and robotics classes full time since fall 2007. Previously, he worked in industry as an industrial maintenance technician while teaching as an adjunct instructor. He also has prior military experience maintaining Huey helicopters. A FANUC Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) instructor for both programming and vision systems, Dinwiddie has experience with various robotic systems, including Panasonic, Mitsubishi, NAO, LEGO Mindstorms NXT and hobby robotic systems.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Industrial Robots and Automation.
2. Robot Types and Classification.
3. Robot Programming.
4. End of Arm Tooling.
5. Integration and Networking.
6. Automation Sensors.
7. Economic Issues.
8. Robot Interfacing and the Human/Machine Interface.
9. Vision Systems.
10. Safety.
11. Maintenance.
Appendix A: Flow Charting Symbols.
Appendix B: Recommended Tool List.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1133611117 | ISBN-13: 9781133611110)

Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials such as PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor's manual, videos, and more.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305873351 | ISBN-13: 9781305873353)

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero®, is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.