Cobots

HUMANS AND MACHINES TRANSFORMING YOUR BUSINESS, TOGETHER

collaborative and effective for every application

Collaborative robots (cobots) work in conjunction with humans, assisting them safely and effectively. They can be mobile multitaskers, small and lightweight, moving between areas of the manufacturing floor and, when in their new position, quickly switch between tasks thanks to their intuitive GUIs.

In addition, the range of applications for cobots is growing in other industries beyond manufacturing, such as agriculture, food service, life sciences, consumer goods, plastics, and electronics.

Cobots aren’t designed to remove human workers from jobs entirely but to integrate into the portion of repetitive and dull jobs that could risk errors or injury because of human operators losing focus.

Additionally, because cobots tend to be small and dexterous, they are ideal partners when the task is fiddly with small parts or involves intricate placement, the type of job performed at a workbench.

Cobotworking

Want to transform your production line and boost productivity?

The type of jobs that cobots excel at include:

  • Moving items from a conveyor belt to a tray
  • Machine tending, e.g. injection moulding and CNC machines
  • Process tasks when equipped with the appropriate tools – drilling, welding, glueing
  • Assembly of finished items
  • Finishing – sand, polish, trim

Have trouble recruiting for repetitive, boring jobs?

A cobot for every occasion …

With the skills gap that currently exists in manufacturing and other industries, cobots may be a way to transform your production processes without significantly impacting your human employees.

Several kinds of cobots are available ‘off-the-shelf’, giving the flexibility to suit various needs. When customised with a variety of tools like cameras, suction cups and welding tips, they have endless applications.

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Your workers are completely safe

Cobots are often billed as being inherently safe; compared to traditional robots, this is true, but how do they achieve this level of safety?

To ensure human safety when working with cobots, they have four essential capabilities:

  • Safety monitored stop – when something triggers the robots safety parameters, it stops until it is explicitly told to restart.
  • Hand guiding for programming and teaching a sequence of steps.
  • Speed and separation monitoring to track where a human is and safety zones that impose speed limits.
  • Power and force limiting.

Cobots are also fitted with sensors for tactile sensitivity, accelerometers to detect nearby movement, 3D vision cameras to detect objects, lasers to trigger an action and force-torque sensors.

Does all of this technology make them safe? Yes, dependant on the task they are performing, but also significantly safer than older style traditional robots.

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