Companies are continuously striving to increase their productivity and become more adaptable to the dynamic market in order to gain competitive advantage in their respective industry. However, there are a lot of challenges, which act as roadblocks toward the attainment of maximum productivity and efficiency.
Some of the problems encountered include, labor shortages, high wage demands by employees and growing demand for personalized products by customers. The best solution to these issues as many manufacturers and companies have realized is adopting automation in their production activities.
Universal Robots is very dedicated in offering a lasting solution in the industrial automation by developing game changing robots known as the collaborative robots or cobots. These robots are very flexible, safe and easy to program and operate.
Unlike their predecessor, the traditional robots which were very costly to maintain, since they required a safety cage and a trained robot programmer to operate the robot, the cobots on other hand are very cost effective and do not require specialized personnel to operate.
Here are some of the industries utilizing and enjoying the benefits associated with collaborative robots use.
Cobot use is popular in industries involved in assembly activities. For instance, in small parts assembly, which requires constant high speed cobots are used to increase the efficiency of the operation. Collaborative robots also assist the workers to conduct complex assembly tasks.
For complex tasks in assembly, this may involve the cobot carrying out the difficult or strenuous assembling while the workers conduct complex inspection or engage in manipulation. The collaborative robots saves employees’ time by carrying out the dull portion of the job while allowing the workers to use their skills in more demanding tasks instead of just moving the pieces around.
In machine tending activities there are times when the machine is debarring a part or applying a coating and conducting a heat treatment, there is a cycle time of the machine itself, which causes it to be the bottleneck in the tending process.
When done manually a person has to wait for more than a couple seconds for the process to complete, the slightly slower cycle time of the collaborative robot tends to become a non-issue.
The cobot is very beneficial in performing this tasks since it is able to move parts in and out without affecting the over cycle time of the process while minimizing the cost and increasing accuracy.
This industry is the actually the first to adopt automation back in the 1960’s and it continues to rely on the use of industrial robots to achieve great results since quality and a high level of precision are the most important attributes associated in the industry.
There are many applications in automotive industry that require a repetitive and precise process. These tasks are done by the collaborative robots and they include screw driving, labeling, laser cutting, engine foundries, sealing the car door panels and sunroofs and also in the installation of engine block manifolds.
For example the automotive OEM manufacturing plants utilizes collaborative robots in screwing car seats, rest frames, fixing the brake presses and assembling the circuit boards.
Automated palletizing is very popular nowadays where industries are using the collaborative robot palletizer to carry out packaging and palletizing tasks. By automating there businesses with a palletizing robot, companies are significantly increasing the consistency and speed in which the loading and unloading activities are carried out.
Industries utilizing cobots for packaging and palletizing include the food and agriculture industry, electronics, technology industry, in pharmacy and chemists businesses.
Universal Robots has indeed enabled the above industries to achieve maximum productivity through their affordable and efficient collaborative robots. Each company adopting cobot use desires to solve their specific production need. Therefore, it is crucial for companies to evaluate the long-term production goals they want to achieve when implementing the automation process.