If you work in manufacturing, then in the past few months you’ve probably heard the term “cobot.” What is a cobot and are they really the future of manufacturing?
To put it simply, a cobot is a robot. Short for collaborative robot, it is a manufacturing technology designed to work with and beside human workers. Although robots have been used in factories for years, cobots are a new breed of robot. Recent advances in technology have led to the development of a new generation of robots that are designed to interact safely with people in manufacturing environments.
This technology has enabled manufacturers to use fewer manual laborers while also increasing production speed and accuracy. Cobots have been opted for around the world as a way of reducing manufacturing costs and taking advantage of new industry opportunities.
Working with robots may seem scary, but we hope that after you read this blog you’ll be more excited about the possibilities it will bring. Take a look below at some of the benefits of working with cobots and challenges you may face while working with them.
Why Use Cobots
Cobots are revolutionizing the modern workplace by providing businesses with an effective way to increase productivity and efficiency. By leveraging AI technologies and robotics, cobots can automate repetitive tasks and streamline manufacturing processes, freeing up personnel to focus their efforts on mission-critical tasks. From reducing staffing costs to boosting accuracy in quality assurance protocols, cobots can be a great asset for any business looking to maximize productivity.
Cobots in Automation
One of the main benefits of using cobots is their capability with automation. Plants lose time and efficiency due to human error or accident. Cobots are well suited for manufacturing processes that involve frequent repetition of similar tasks, such as picking, assembly, and packing operations. They are also utilized in operations like injection molding, painting, and welding where precision is needed. Humans can do other things with all of these manufacturing processes, like keeping the supply chain moving efficiently while the cobot focuses on completing its task quickly and accurately.
Safety While Working with Cobots
Human workers have an inherent safety risk when working with cobots in manufacturing,. This risk can be minimized with proper implementation of cobot technology and appropriate safety measures such as enclosures and guards.
Additionally, manufacturers should ensure that cobots are designed and programmed to avoid contact with humans to maintain a safe working environment. Manufacturers need to make sure that the machines are well-maintained and use the proper sensors to detect when a human worker might be in danger.
Ultimately, cobot safety largely depends on the manufacturer’s commitment to creating an environment that is both productive and safe for all workers.
Tips to Succeed with Cobots
When it comes to cobots, there are two key tasks that need to be done: programming and safety monitoring:
First, it is important to understand their capabilities for both. Programming cobots requires a thorough comprehension of the four main axes of cobot movement, as well as an understanding of their sensor and communication systems.
Second, understanding cobot safety requires careful management of risk assessment, including an analysis of potential hazards and the implementation of necessary safety protocols. It is essential to understand these two processes when integrating cobots into any manufacturing environment.
Working with cobots may seem daunting, but workers will begin reaping the benefits of working with them with the right preparation and training. If you are interested in learning more ways the industry is changing, then you should take a look at our smart factory blog. We provide valuable information on cobot technology, implementation tips, and industry insights.