5 Benefits Cobots Bring To The Production Industry
During difficult times, cobots, or collaborative robots can be a perfect tool to both cut costs and improve efficiency at the same time. Cobots help you get more value from your people and can help to reduce waste in production operations.
What are Cobots?
A cobot, or collaborative robot, is a robot intended for direct human-robot interaction within a shared space, or where humans and robots are in close proximity. Cobot applications contrast with traditional industrial robot applications in which robots are isolated from human contact. Cobot safety may rely on lightweight construction materials, rounded edges, and limitation of speed and force, or on sensors and software that ensures safety.
5 benefits Cobots can provide
Improved process consistency
One of the top benefits of using cobots over manual labor is the quality consistency they bring to any production line. Humans naturally introduce variations in quality over the course of their work shifts. However, a robot will always perform the same activity in exactly the same way every time. Using cobots can bring error rates down to under 1%. For example, tightening screws, this will always be done with the same tension and pressure which ensures consistency in quality.
Cobots reduce ergonomics risks
Various tasks in the manufacturing process hold a risk to human workers. A common example is the musculoskeletal risk posed by performing strenuous repetitive movements. A collaborative robot can remove this risk entirely from your workers. Some cobots are even equipped with a touch-sensitive surface that enables them to feel contact with people and immediately cease any movement. Machine structures and robot stands, as well as the safety and guarding system by item, provide the boundaries and structures that protect team members.
Keeps your production operations flexible
If you want your company to adapt to changes in the marketplace, you need to stay agile. This can mean changing parts of your operations very quickly. Unlike conventional forms of automation, cobots are designed to be agile and can be programmed within half an hour and installed within half an hour. That way, cobots can be deployed to different production lines doing different tasks and this can happen daily without much time.
Adaptive to supply chain changes
Various recent global events have impacted supply chains, forcing companies to scramble to keep up. Cobot automation can be a valuable tool for helping you to adapt your operations so that you continue to thrive when supply chains are uncertain.
Gets more from your people
A cobot is designed to work with people and not to replace people. Cobots are people-focused and can help people make and refine the work they do easier. Dirty, unsafe, monotonous or repetitive tasks can be performed by the robot so that employees can concentrate on other tasks. Tasks where creativity, solution-oriented thinking and initiative are given more space. In this sense, cobots contribute to a more attractive working environment.
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