Collaborative Robots in Industrial Manufacturing

Automation is becoming popular throughout many industries, helping speed up processes, thereby helping these processes become more efficient and precise and also reducing the risk of human error. From simple home robots such as smart robot vacuums to industrial-grade collaborative robots, also called cobots, automation is changing the way we live and operate.

Collaborative robots in industrial manufacturing help with a range of procedures and are one of the most commonly used automated machines in this industry. As cobots can be programmed to run constantly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, industrial manufacturers can reap the benefits of a faster turnover of production, thereby creating larger profit margins. Many collaborative robots are being manufactured with increased cognitive skills, which will further help streamline processes and make them even more efficient.

So, how can collaborative robots be used in industrial manufacturing? Let’s take a look at some of their most commonly used applications.

Picking & Packing Process

 From picking stock, to packing it to match your specs, right through to palletizing it, ready for shipping can be quite a time-consuming task; however, with a cobot, this process is sped up and is highly efficient. There can be a great deal of human error when it comes to these processes, which can result in companies either sending out too many items, losing profit, or too little, resulting in unhappy customers. With greater levels of accuracy, a cobot can pick goods at high speeds and pack them exactly as required, helping your profits and ensuring your customers are happy.

Welding and Soldering

 With a shortage in skilled laborers who specialize in welding and soldering, a demand for collaborative robots who can handle this task is high. Initially, getting your business prepared for the use of a cobot can be expensive, but with their built-in sensors and computerized vision systems, you can rest assured knowing that a thorough and proper job will be done. In fact, cobots can sense errors and impending disastrous moments and are able to alert workers to help prevent injuries. Investing in a cobot to assist with welding and soldering will increase productivity and quality of work, ensuring that there are high levels of uniformity; there are no errors, unlike what can be seen when completed by humans, and a reduction in waste, helping your materials go further and saving your company money.

Assembly

 Assembly work can be tedious and highly time-consuming; this typically results in human error resulting in massive effects for the company, from loss of revenue to unhappy customers. A collaborative robot can be programmed to assemble at a lightning speed rate and have sensors that will alert them if a human worker is present, consequently causing the cobot to slow its production so that there are no risks of injury.

There are a range of tasks collaborative robots can perform, making them highly beneficial to the industrial manufacturing sector. For greater levels of speed, accuracy and precision, which in turn increase profits, a cobot may just be the best investment you make.

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