In the last few years, collaborative robots have become commonplace in industrial automation for most industrial functions. When it comes to industrial automation, the manufacturing industry is always eager to adopt and implement the latest automation technology, and the use of collaborative robots is no different.
There are many benefits associated with the use of cobots in industrial processes. Collaborative robots can be automated to work round the clock, making it possible for manufacturing companies to improve their throughput, boost productivity, and target a higher profit margin.
Modern collaborative robots come with inbuilt cognitive abilities enabling them to manage independent processes.
With the new robotic arm automation technology, there has been a great improvement in how industrial processes are done. The introduction of robotic automation through the use of collaborative robots has also reduced how dependent most processes are on human workers. This has seen a boost in speed and accuracy in different industrial processes.
4 ways of using cobots in the manufacturing industry.
Cobots in Picking, packing, and palletizing processes
In the manufacturing sector, picking, packing, and palletizing processes are some of the processes that require high accuracy. These tasks are also labor-intensive, expensive, and mind-numbing when left to human employees. Also, human workers are prone to errors when handling machines and running these processes, which affects the quality of the finished products.
When cobots are used in a manufacturing plant, a company can enhance quality control, which is sometimes difficult when humans are expected to do these repetitive tasks. Collaborative robots can work alongside humans to ease the workload safely while at the same time, maintaining high-quality service delivery.
Collaborative robots are perfect for picking, packing, and palletizing since these are repetitive tasks that require accuracy, speed, and zero downtime.
Cobots in Assembly
Assembling parts to create complete products is another repetitive and boring task when done by humans. Also, assembled products are prone to show defects when done by humans since the margin of error is higher. Presenting a low-quality product to the market can badly affect a company’s reputation and profit targets.
Making use of collaborative robots for assembly processes is the best way to ensure an accurate assembling process that is less labor-intensive. Employing the use of collaborative robots in manufacturing for assembly also reduces the cases of human injury in a plant.
Collaborative robots are accurate and fast, thus ensuring the uniform assembly of parts. This ensures all the assembled products attain the required quality standards.
Cobots in Material handling
When you employ collaborative robots for material handling, you boost the safety of your manufacturing processes, enjoy faster production cycles, and reduced the cost of manufacturing.
Material handling contributes to a large part of the economy of any country. This process involves moving materials around the manufacturing plant or factory floors. Material handling is a time-consuming process and tedious for human workers. For a production line to meet the consumer’s expectations, it is vital for manufacturers to automate the material handling process.
Collaborative robots are effective and can be used to moving materials within a manufacturing plant. They are also created with the ability to handle potentially harmful raw materials, thereby reducing human exposure, which is sometimes hazardous.
Cobots in Welding
Welding and soldering are hard tasks that are done by humans in most manufacturing companies. These processes are labor-intensive and thus call for longer resting time. This prolongs these processes by taking a lot of time to complete when done by human workers.
To avoid this issue with downtime, manufacturing companies are now employing cobots for welding processes.
Cobots are safe
Collaborative robots come with sensors and a computer vision system that enhances their capabilities. These robots can sense when a human worker enters its work environment and come to a halt or slow down. This allows human workers to share the same space with the cobots while reducing the possibility of collision and injury.