On cobots and industrial automation,enough can never be said. This is a consequence of the benefits that most of the companies that start using cobots enjoy.
In addition to the usual automation benefits, cobots lead to unexpected benefits. As a result, manufacturers are able to deliver to their customers’ high quality products, and to themselves, space to innovate and come up with truly useful and groundbreaking products.
Manufacturing factories are not your ordinary work office space. With lots of machines, safety measures put in place must be observed and followed to the letter. Failure to observe these measures may lead to fatal accidents and serious injuries. Cobots are designed to work collaboratively and are therefore extremely safe to use.
Additional Benefits Accrued from using Cobots for Automation
Cobots do not require much space to work in. Manufacturers will not need large fenced off spaces for cobots unlike ordinary robots.The automation process is deemed to be expensive for an already existing factory as there may arise a need to change the arrangement of the factory and move around existing production lines which could lead to damage or loss in terms of money, time and equipment.
On the other hand, the small size of the cobot allows it to be incorporated and immediately allocated tasks in an already existing production line efficiently and effectively. This leads to savings on the cost of automation and reals estate.
Cobots are not task specific
Cobots can be assigned different tasks around the factory. Most times, cobots are acquired to streamline specific production challenges. When brought into the factory, they smooth out the whole production process and make it fast and effective. As a result, factory workers are able to identify other tasks that the cobots can be assigned to.
Cobots can be easily programed and retooled to effectively perform different tasks. In addition, they are small and mobile and can therefore be moved around production lines to perform different tasks around the factory.
They are sturdy and reliable
Factories have different work processes going on simultaneously. Some processes may require or produce a lot of heat or have hazardous by products. As a result there is a lot of wear and tear on factory machines and robots. Human staff are also highly affected and may need regular breaks and off days leading to reduced levels of production.
Conversely, cobots are built with a sturdy and strong material. They are covered with a sealant which ensures that dust, powder and particles cannot affect them. Also, they can work invery high temperatures without malfunctioning.
This makes them durable and able to withstand any adverse effects from the process they are assigned to. They do not suffer wear and tear and require very little maintenance for perfect functioning. Manufacturers can rely on their durability and strong features to ensure a non-stop production process.
New skills acquisition
Integrating cobots into a factory means that factory workers will require proper education and skills to operate the cobots and to work with them efficiently. As a result, they will require training on how to run the cobot.Cobot’ manufacturers and distributors provide intensive training to their clients. The training ensures that, factories that acquire cobots do not require a dedicated employee.
Cobots are easy to use. They have an easy to understand user interface and use easy programming. They are also teachable. A cobot can be taught how to perform task. The cobot can be taught the necessary movements to complete a task perfectly. Once taught, the cobot will perfectly execute the task it is assigned. To do all these things, factory workers need the relevant training to acquire the necessary skills to manipulate a cobot.
In addition to the already known benefits of automation, these are other benefits that factories gain when they use cobots to meet their automation needs. Cobots are the future of automation and all manufacturing entities need to acquire them.