The cobot contingent is the fastest growing sector of the industrial automation movement. According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), industrial cobots are expected to make up over a third of industrial robot sales over the next five years. Cobots are designed to allow humans and robots to work together, taking advantage of the unique skills and benefits of both. These are the top 5 reasons why your company should consider working with cobots.
1. There is no need for a complex security system and no need for a fence to secure the robot
Robots and autonomous machines pose safety hazards for humans who enter their operational zone. These operational zones take up large areas and pose other logistical concerns. Cobots are designed to work side-by-side with human operators, removing the safety concerns associated with traditional robotic units. Cobots utilize specialized sensing technology that allows them to work collaboratively with human operators. The elimination of a safety zone drastically lowers the footprint of the machines while simultaneously making the factory floor safer. When cycle time isn’t an issue, cobots offer unbeatable advantages over traditional robotic units.
2. Cobots are easily integrable in several places and easily reused after the end of a project
Cobots are easy to assemble, easy to program, and easy to integrate into the assembly flow. Within a matter of hours, a cobot can be set up and programmed for its first task. Cobots are also compact, easy to manipulate, and relatively lightweight. Compared to traditional robotic units, cobots are incomparably simple.
3. Cobots increase operator efficiency by working with them to perform complex tasks
Robots offer agility, strength, flexibility, and the ability to work at odd angles without sacrificing performance. Humans possess superior judgment, adaptability, and problem-solving skills. Working alongside humans, cobots enhance the operator’s efficiency by working with them to perform complex tasks. Not only can a cobot help a single operator at a single station, but they can easily be moved to different parts of the factory to facilitate multiple aspects of the assembly process.
4. Installation and integration are easy, reducing the cost of a project
Cobots are easy to install, easy to program, and easy to operate. This means that small businesses can incorporate them into their automation process without having to hire a professional robotic programmer. They are efficient, easy for operators to control, and designed to work intuitively with logical controls. Companies can save on the cost of new hires, training, and other operational considerations by opting to integrate cobots vs. traditional robotic units. When working with a DIY-Robotics cell, you get a complete solution and free support; this takes the worry and demand of you and your team.
5. Cobots can help operators work with heavier objects
Cobots can handle big jobs that are too large for a single human alone. These jobs may include pick and place operations, pallet handling, and material sorting. They can do these operations faster, easier, and with less stress and strain on the operator. By removing the physical strain from the factory workers, more work can get done with greater accuracy, less downtime, and a decreased risk of injury.
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