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Robots are content to do the same job with the same consistency for years on end. This helps manufacturers increase production output and improve product quality. For a long time, only large businesses that could afford these industrial robots were able to take advantage of this level of automation. Traditional industrial robots are often costly large machines that are static and difficult to re-purpose/re-program.
Collaborative Robots (cobots) help lower the automation barrier. Cobots are more flexible than standard or traditional industrial robots. They are compact, flexible, and can operate without safety cages or fencing directly alongside people. Cobots are deployed for a wide variety of tasks like machine tending, welding, packaging, and palletizing. Most cobot implementations are found in manufacturing/industrial environments, but have the flexibility to be used in a variety of markets from agriculture, medical, and pharma.
Traditionally, popular manufacturing robots are bulky, industrial machines most appropriate at large companies. The ideal application for a traditional industrial robot is a high-volume, relatively unchanging process. When most people think of manufacturing robots, they envision an assembly robot in an automotive factory.
In today's envoirnment, collaborative robots are the fastest-growing segment in the robotics industry. They level the playing field for small and mid-sized manufacturers, who use cost-effective automation tools to compete. Low-cost industrial robot arms allow small businesses to automate previously costly processes.
Collaborative robots help manufacturers address labor shortages for undesirable jobs, while increasing productivity and competitiveness. The cost of integrating a traditional industrial robot into your plant can be tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. By comparison, the upfront costs of implementing a collaborative robot is well within the range of an equivalent factory worker’s annual salary.
Universal Robots produce a collaborative robotic arm. It is extremely flexible and easy to use in the day-to-day production. It differs from anything else in the market because it is lightweight, simple for any non-robot expert to re-program, and is easily moved around production facilities.
A tool changer is a device fixed on the wrist of the robot that allows the robotic cell to switch from one tool to another. This equates to having several tools in the same area to complete a particular set of tasks.
Food and agriculture production takes place round the clock 24/7. Robots are able to work at all times, which leads to less waste and faster production compared to human labor.
Cobots can also operate in extreme conditions. As a result, more companies in the food production sector are turning to cobots to support human labor.
Electronics & Technology
Cobots are used by manufacturers of lighting, mobile phones, speakers, computers, and more. This is because collaborative robots are easier to program than typical industrial robots and can be programmed by non-experts.
Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals
The production of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and medical equipment requires utmost precision. UR cobots are regularly used to mix, count, and dispense a variety of materials.
There are many collaborative robot applications across all industries. These include assembly, dispensing, finishing, machine tending, material handling, welding, material removal, quality inspections, and more.