Collaborative robots from Universal Robots continue to be a very important element in smart manufacturing and assembly initiatives in the business world. Their ability to control work force and work harmoniously with the human workers on assembly lines without any traditional safety guarding makes them very compelling.
Also known as cobots, they continue to transform many industries, Universal Robots has also made sure that they are more accessible to medium and small manufactures thus enabling many business to increase their overall production output.
Why the Cobots are a Game Changer
The ever increasing adoption of the collaborative robots by many industries globally proves that they are very efficient innovations and improvement of the industrial robotics.
In the past, many workers were intimidated by robots but these new generation robots have been warmly accepted and assimilated into the work force because of their collaborative feature. By being able to work together with humans instead of replacing them, especially in production activities where the loss of manufacturing jobs is a very sensitive issue.
The cobots continue to maintain the control of factory automation applications into the hands of the workers by being easily programmable therefore becoming tools that work more efficiently enabling the redeployment of human creativity from dull and repetitive tasks to becoming robot programmers who handle more value added jobs.
The cobots helps companies address the market evolvement that involves a shift in customers’ needs and requirements that demand a high degree of product individualization. They are bringing many manufacturers especially those with small and medium sized business on board to the value of automation in order to satisfy their clients evolving needs and wants.
Universal Robots has seen an increase in demand for the collaborative robots from the small to medium sized manufacturers looking for manufacturing solutions that will not involve large scale investment in fixed automation. Many of these manufacturers need flexible automation which can easily adapt to their production activities and also support multiple types of automation tasks. Such tasks include machine tending, quality control and light assembly; the cobots comfortably perform these jobs.
Other benefits of using collaborative robots
Cobots are also popping up in applications and industries that previously relied on manual assembly lines. The companies now adopting industrial robotic use for the first time are trying to augment some of their production lines with automation in order to increase their output quality without altering the configuration of their assembly lines.
For instance in general part handling applications, cobots are ideal in conducting the tedious repetitive tasks involved, such as sorting parts and loading presses. Any assembly tasks requiring three hands, the cobot can act as the robot assembly assistant by holding a heavier part while the human worker assembles the parts together.
For companies with high turnover rates where lifecycles are short, cobots assist the contract manufacturers to change over to new production very quickly especially those in electronics who occasionally need to redeploy the robots elsewhere in their factories.
For example, a manufacture may need to change over from the production of one printed circuit board style or size to a different one. The cobots are flexible enough for multiple uses; they can be shifted from one assembly line to another since they are easily programmable. Another advantage is that they can also be reused for previous applications carried out by the robot as they retain the programs.
The other major reason that contributes to the rapid adoption of cobots from Universal Robots is their fast payback and return on investment (ROI). Because of the many hidden costs associated with the traditional robots, the cobots come as a relief to many companies when they find out that they do not require extra configurations of their floor space and layouts to accommodate them.
It is evident that collaborative robots possess a lot of advantages hence the reason why many companies and industries worldwide continue to adopt their use in achieving automation.