Robotics, along with computer vision, have been applied in food-processing operations for sorting and evaluation. Robots are used in manufacturing, performing such functions as welding and painting. Labor-intensive, repetitive tasks such as those found in packaging have been prime applications for robots. Even routine lab testing has incorporated robotics when the volume of samples justifies the expense. Through artificial intelligence techniques robots can function in unstructured situations, performing tasks such as identifying objects and selecting and assembling them into a unit.
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