Thursday, February 24, 2022

Cobots: What are they and why do they exist?

 

Cobot

Cobots are collaborative robots that are used to automate industrial processes that are repetitive, manual, or pose a risk to people.

Many businesses are already betting on collaborative robots in industrial processes. They improve process precision and optimization, resulting in higher-quality and more productive production lines. They are the new generation of robots, created to collaborate with operators and to be easily adaptable to different work processes.

These robots are completely safe for humans because they are designed to work alongside human personnel and can even interact with them. However, the collaborative label is about more than just safety. It's also about usability, adaptability, and accessibility. They can be easily programmed for various functions; no special training or high qualifications are required to program a cobot. They have a very user-friendly interface that any operator can use without difficulty.

Cobots can do almost any type of work because of the variety of collaborative accessories they can be outfitted with. Typically, they will be used to perform tasks that are more repetitive and thus heavier and monotonous for operators to perform. Furthermore, they can perform tasks that may pose a health risk, such as those requiring extreme temperatures or containing sharp or toxic parts for humans.

Their lightweight and compact design allows them to be easily adapted to any production center, working even in confined spaces.

Five immediate benefits of cobots for your company

Because cobots are light in weight, they can be easily moved and integrated into new processes. As a result, you can automate any task within your organization. Even when dealing with small batches or requiring a quick changeover.

Configuration is simple.

It is so simple to use that even setting up an entire arm for the first time is straightforward. It will take less than an hour to set up the entire arm and program it for a simple task.

The cobot has a 3D interface that allows any operator with no programming experience to quickly program the robotic arm. It's as simple as moving the arm to the desired locations or touching the arrows on the tablet's touch screen. The entire procedure is simple, quick, and intuitive.

Security

Following a risk assessment, you can integrate cobots into your company without the need for enclosed spaces or safety safeguards. They are outfitted with a number of devices that keep operators safe.

If you believe that automation is an expensive process that is out of reach for most people, it is time to reconsider. Cobots pay for themselves in a relatively short amount of time. This is due to the fact that, due to their design, you can avoid other costs associated with automation, such as the large infrastructure of traditional robots, security fences, and so on...

Almost everything can be automated with cobots.

We can say that cobots can automate almost any industrial process due to their flexibility and wide range of accessories. Because it is a highly adaptable robotic arm, they are cost effective even in small batch production. It is capable of painting, labeling, screwing, packaging, molding, injection molding, polishing, and other tasks.

Palletizing and packaging

Allow the cobot to handle the job, and all shipments will be properly packed and strapped.

Examination in a laboratory

A cobot can help you improve the objectivity of your testing and analysis.

Molding by injection

Cobots can be used with high precision for all polymer production tasks.

Screwing

If the cobot always performs the same movement with the same degree of force and speed, you will improve the quality and precision of your products.

Welding and gluing

The cobot will improve the gluing and welding processes by injecting material and welding with high precision.

Polishing

Cobots polish and grind even curved and irregular surfaces with a constant and adjustable force to achieve a flawless finish.

Assembly

Cobots can easily assemble a wide range of materials, including wood, plastics, and metals. As a result, perfect precision assembly is achieved. Improving the overall outcome by increasing quality and speed.

Machine monitoring
Cobots can perform machine supervision tasks while easily adapting to the production line.

Quality assurance
Cobots have a camera that can be used to inspect and identify defective parts in a production line. Increasing the product's quality while avoiding the costs of shipping and packaging.

Choose and Place

All pick and place applications can be handled by cobots. Cycles will be faster as a result, increasing quality and productivity.

 

Article Author Gerluxe

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