Robots have moved from fixed locations and specific tasks to workstations alongside human workers; the best example is moving from heavy-duty industrial applications to actions such as providing assistance and improving skills. Collaborative robots, or cobots, redefine partnerships between person and machine throughout the manufacturing industry. Organizations of all types and sizes are finding strategic reasons to purchase or invest in collaborative robotics.
Business in the 21st century is fiercely competitive, and a company may suffer irrecoverable disasters if it falls behind the competitors. Collaborative robotics can provide companies with higher efficiency and many other benefits. They take away some of the dangers that traditional robots can pose to the environment and space, allowing them to work alongside people. Human interaction is more natural as they share the same workspace, and the programming of cobots is very convenient. The following are some of the advantages we can get by deploying cobots at our workplaces.
Higher Return on Investment (ROI)
Once cobots are installed, greater efficiency, flexibility, and production capacity is generally seen in that part of the industry or company. Higher ROI is, therefore naturally guaranteed. Cobots can be easily placed anywhere and redeployed whenever necessary, resulting in the elimination of any non-productive activities during production hours. This raises ROI as a whole. There is also a decrease in labor and maintenance costs, resulting in a more significant profit margin.
Cobots are precise and reliable, unlike humans. For example, the Franka Emika Panda is a cobot that can perform actions with 0.1mm accuracy. Moreover, a cobot will never deviate from his actions and will perform tasks with the same power at all times. Tightening screws, for instance, will always be achieved with the same friction and stress that guarantees performance reliability. They don’t get tired or bored doing the same job over and over again, making them best for 24/7 jobs.
Best for SMEs
Usually, larger companies with a higher volume of manufacturing opt for a solution based on robotics, whereas small and medium-sized businesses stick to manual labor to reduce costs. The situation is no longer the same, thanks to Cobots. Many collaborative robots do not need a burdensome set-up process and are versatile to adapt to different products and operations. Numerous Cobots are available for cutting, shaping, sanding, polishing, lifting, sorting, and packaging purposes, which is precisely what a small or medium-sized industry will need.
Since Cobots are engineered with human collaboration and involvement in mind, each unit is inspected at the production line for safety. Cobots ensure a safer working environment, especially in applications where human errors can hamper development, such as medical operations. Your employees will enjoy the work they do more when they are supported in the work they do. The tedious, monotonous jobs will be outsourced to the robot to make employees more ‘humane’ in their job. They can indulge in tasks in which more flexibility is given for imagination, solution-oriented thought, and intuitiveness. Robots lead to an enjoyable work environment in this way.
For collaborative robots, this is just the start of the process. In the long run, with the rapid increase in robotic system capabilities, it’s hard to tell what our roles will be in primarily automated industrial applications. For now, collaborative robot sales represent 5% of the overall robot demand. But analysts expect that to increase exponentially as more manufacturers and engineers get their hands on cobots and start exploring their prospects. This is the perfect time to develop and deploy cobots for your industry, so you stay ahead of your competitors.