Robots have been present in industries since the 50s. As technology changes and advances, and traditional industries get disrupted, robots have been supplanted and their place is now occupied by collaborative robots or cobots.
Cobots are robots that can work side by side with human workers in a factory without the need for separation. Collaborative robots as their name suggest collaborate with human workers in the factory.
As a result of their differences from traditional robots, cobots have a range of benefits that industries that adopt them can enjoy.
Affordable to buy
Collaborative robots are affordable. Both large industries and small and mid-sized industries can easily acquire a cobot. They are substantially cheaper than traditional robots and their payback period is short. Industries are able to earn their return on investment faster relative to traditional robots and other assets that the industry could acquire.
In addition, they are also easy to maintain. They are made up of stainless steel and thus will not rust. Besides they come with a covering suitably used in factories whose production processes produce a lot of dust that could get into the robots joints and bearings.
Also they are affordable to the industry to maintain. Cobots do not require the industry hire a specialized programmer for the robot. All that is required is a short training and a demonstration of how to use and program it for different tasks. It will follow the instructions exactly as guided.
It is easy to use
A cobot is bought directly from the manufacturer or their representative. Once it is in the industry’s premises it is assembled and ready for work within a day at most and is ready for use.
So, how do you use a cobot?
A cobot has a friendly user interface through which the operator gives instructions known as programs. These programs provide step by step instructions to the robot on how to complete different tasks. Besides programming, a cobot can be manually taught how to complete certain tasks.\
Through this, it can easily carry out numerous tasks in the factory where all it requires is a manual lesson or programming.
In the future through the advancement of machine learning, cobots will learn from observing how things are done and it will teach itself through trial and error.
It can perform multiple tasks
Collaborative robots have the capacity to carry out multiple tasks in the factory. This leads to flexibility and faster production.
In addition, it has a fast change over from one task to another. All that is required for the robot to start working on another task is providing it with new instructions.
In addition, to perform multiple tasks, cobots need end of arm tools suitable for reach task it is assigned. These end of arm tools are easily fixed on the arms of the robot, enabling them to carry out tasks which are impossible without the tools.
They are highly precise and accurate
Collaborative robots are highly precise and accurate in nature. As a result they are moving away from the traditional industries and breaking ground into new arenas and fields. For example they are increasingly used in pharmaceuticals and other industries that need highly exact measures or doses such as medicines.
This quality also enables them to help factories save material cost by enhancing effectiveness in production by eliminating waste. Cobots manufacture their products in accordance with the instructions given to them.
They are suitable for assembly tasks, pick and place among many other tasks in that can be automated with on the factory floor.
They are also used in other industries that require high levels of precision and accuracy such as the medicine industry. Precision and accuracy are the hallmarks of their packaging.
Cobots are the ultimate robots and will occupy the main robot position in industry. They perform tasks faster that your normal robot and will soon fill all the industries of the world.