Collaborative Robots for Process Automation

Collaborative Robots for Process Automation

Automating Repetitive, Monotonous & Hazardous Tasks

Collaborative robots (cobots) for process automation offer a cost-effective solution with a high return on investment. Designed to operate cooperatively alongside humans, they alleviate task demands while enhancing production efficiencies. Specially designed end-effectors allow cobots to perform process tasks which are deemed monotonous, strenuous, hazardous, or time consuming for humans. Common process tasks include dispensing, material handling, machine tending, lifting, and welding.

Repetitive process tasks must be performed with precision and in a timely manner. Human employees may require significant training time to perfect the movements required to complete the task. Conversely, the programming of one cobot to complete the movements can be easily copied to others, significantly reducing the time, and costs, to achieve the precision required.

Collaborative robots for process automation offer many benefits, including:

  • Ease of Programming
    The simplified programming process can be accomplished easily with a polyscope graphical user interface (i.e.: touchscreen). The robot operator uses the touchscreen to move the cobot arms and end-effectors, which teaches the cobot how to perform the various movements and when to switch between the movement types.
  • Support & Safety for Human Workers
    Cobots can relieve human workers from hazardous, monotonous, or exhausting work. Able to sense humans and obstacles, cobots work safely and cooperatively with human workers.
  • Precision Performance
    Collaborative robots have the ability to perform repetitive tasks with precision at a faster rate than humans.
  • Smaller Footprint
    Many systems feature a compact design that takes up significantly less floorspace. They have no safety fencing requirements.
  • Low Cost & Speed of Implementation
    A low-cost investment with high return, cobots typically cost less than $40,000. Their simplified programming means they can be deployed quickly and easily by a robot operator.

The many benefits of collaborative robots, particularly their ease of use and low cost of implementation, expand possibilities especially for smaller manufacturers. Leveraging cobots for process automation offers not only enhanced efficiencies that improve production but enhanced safety and support for human workers.

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