Automation is the way to increased levels of production. Cobots are now accepted in different industries as a preferred mode of automation. As human and robot collaboration takes precedence in industry, collaborative robots have become a mainstay.
Different industries need cobots for different reasons, tasks and responsibilities. Cobots possess a versatility that enables their application in a myriad of manufacturing processes in different industries. Also different industries apply cobots to different tasks for the high quality work that humans and robots working together produce.
Automotive Manufacturing Industry
The automotive manufacturing industry is one of the largest employers of people and technology in the world. It contains numerous tasks and automation is an enabler of faster work and high quality finished products. Traditional robots have been so entrenched in this industry that it may be impossible to think that collaborative robots can be applied in this industry.
Cobots in the automotive industry are not limited to certain process. They are involved in almost every aspect of manufacturing the end product be it a sedan or a truck. Cobots help save costs and time in the automotive production process.
With their flexible arms, dexterity and reach, cobots are used in assembly, lifting heavy loads, screw driving and quality assessments.
Food and Agriculture Industry
The food and agriculture industry is one that is quite labor intensive. Also this industry may at times involve working in extreme weather or indoor conditions. Out in the fields, temperatures may vary from hot to cold. In the factory environment, most companies have cold rooms which help keep their products fresh.
Cobots are able to substitute human staff in these adverse temperature conditions. In addition, cobots can also be applied in other processes in the food industry. Cobots can be used to pack the food products ensuring hygienic and high quality process and product. Also, using cobots ensures that food companies are able to meet market demand. Cobots also help in reducing the amount of waste normally produced in food companies.
Cobots in Scientific Research
All that cobots require is a proper programming and they are able to perform their functions repeatedly.
The scientific research industry requires extremely high levels of accuracy with little room for errors. Secondly, an experiment should provide consistent results even on the tenth confirmation. Cobots then will come in handy at this point. Once programming instructions are provided to the cobot, it remains constant until changed. It will therefore produce consistent results at all times.
Its precision and dexterity also allows it to be used in hospitals for surgeries and medical or laboratory analysis.
The furniture industry is another labor intensive industry. As a result, it employs a large number of people who would fear that the introduction of a robot into their workshops would mean the death of their jobs. On the contrary, cobots have enabled the manufacturing of consistent quality products.
Cobots are applied in tasks such as joining and screw driving. It is also used to lift the furniture and materials reducing the risk of injury to the human staff. Also, as a result of being highly accurate, cobots are able to enhance the quality of finished furniture products.
Electronics and Technology Industry
Electronics and technology industry require high levels of precision and accuracy. This ensures that the products manufactured are of high quality and are safe to use. When cobots are used in this industry, they enhance precision and accuracy in the manufacturing process.
The production of electronics and technology devices is a risk filled job for the human staff. Electrical faults that lead to explosions may occur and raw materials for this products are most of the times hazardous. Incorporating cobots in the production process allows for the safety and well-being of the human staff involved in the production process.
Cobots also enhance the speed of production in this industry. Market players can therefore help create demand by creating anticipation on a product and bringing it to market at a time they have promised consumers ensuring that they make a healthy bottom-line for their business.