Cobotics

While Robots can handle extremely heavy or complex tasks, their little cousins excel in providing efficient and safe assistance in a wide range of industries, making them a valuable tool for enhancing productivity and collaboration in the workplace.

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Understanding Collaborative Robots (Cobots)

Collaborative robots, or cobots, are specifically designed to work harmoniously with humans, providing valuable assistance and boosting productivity across various industries. They excel in a range of tasks including machine tending, carton erecting, surface finishing, pick and place, assembly inspection, welding, dispensing, and even copycat programming. Here are seven noteworthy outcomes of incorporating cobots into workplaces:

  1. Improved Workplace Safety: Cobots are equipped with advanced sensors, ensuring safe collaboration with humans by detecting and responding to unexpected contact. This includes sensitivity to light, temperature, and fragility, contributing to a safer working environment.

  2. Flexibility: Cobots are highly adaptable, easily programmed and reprogrammed to perform diverse tasks. This adaptability caters to changing production needs, facilitating efficient multitasking and minimizing downtime.

  3. Ease of Use: With user-friendly interfaces, cobots require minimal technical expertise for programming. This enables quick setup and operation, leading to reduced downtime and increased productivity in mere minutes.

  4. Accuracy and Consistency: Cobots are known for their precise and repeatable movements, ensuring high accuracy in tasks such as inspection, assembly, and welding. Integration with camera technology and affordable AI enhances accountability with accurate audit trails.

  5. Increased Efficiency: Automating repetitive and physically demanding tasks, cobots contribute to improved efficiency and productivity. Their tireless operation without fatigue leads to faster cycle times and heightened throughput.

  6. Collaborative Nature: Designed to work alongside humans, cobots collaborate in shared workspaces, assisting in tasks requiring human dexterity, problem-solving, and decision-making. They enhance human skills without necessitating drug and alcohol tests.

  7. Cost-Effectiveness: Cobots offer a cost-effective automation solution, particularly beneficial for small and medium-sized businesses. Their smaller footprint, reduced infrastructure requirements, and easy redeployment make them an affordable option.

 

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How can Cobots assist with Production?

Collaborative robots, or cobots, are specifically designed to work harmoniously with humans, providing valuable assistance and boosting productivity across various industries. They excel in a range of tasks including machine tending, carton erecting, surface finishing, pick and place, assembly inspection, welding, dispensing, and even copycat programming. Here are seven noteworthy outcomes of incorporating cobots into workplaces:

Packaging Cobot

Packaging Cobots

Palletizing, case packing, and labeling.

Healthcare Cobot<br />

Healthcare Cobots

Assisting with patient care, medication dispensing, and handling medical equipment.

Automotive Robots

Automotive Cobots

Machine loading and unloading, screwdriving, and painting.

Food & Beverage Cobots

Food & Beverage Cobots

Sorting, packaging, and handling food products.

Warehouse Cobots<br />

Logistics & Warehousing Cobots

Order picking, sorting, and inventory management.

Electronics Cobots

Electronics Cobots

Circuit board assembly, component handling, and quality control.

Pharmaceutical Cobots

Pharmaceuticals Cobots

Packaging, labeling, and quality inspection.

Farming Cobotics

Agriculture Cobots

Crop harvesting, planting, and precision spraying.

What are the Costs Involved?

The payback period for cobots varies based on factors such as application, industry, and automation level. Considerations for estimating the payback period include:

  1. Labour Cost Savings: Significant savings by automating tasks can shorten the payback period.
  2. Increased Productivity: Efficiency gains through continuous operation and reduced errors influence the payback period.
  3. Reduced Downtime: Consistent production decreases downtime, contributing to a shorter payback period.
  4. Quality Improvement: Precise movements reduce defects, avoiding associated rework costs.
  5. Scalability and Flexibility: Easy reprogramming enhances value, supporting future growth.
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Warehouse Cobotics

Warehouse cobotics involves the collaborative use of robots alongside human workers in warehouse operations. Cobots efficiently handle tasks like order fulfillment, inventory management, heavy lifting, and collaborative packing, seamlessly combining human strengths and robot capabilities for optimized warehouse operations. The user-friendly nature of cobots, coupled with their advanced technology, ensures safe and efficient collaboration. Here are some of the areas where warehouse cobots could improve your procedures:

Packaging Cobot

1. Order fulfillment

Cobots can assist with order picking tasks by working alongside human workers. For example, a cobot can navigate through the warehouse, retrieve items from shelves, and deliver them to a human worker for packaging.

Healthcare Cobot<br />

2. Inventory Management

Cobots can help organise and track inventory in the warehouse. They can scan barcodes, count items, and update inventory systems in real-time, making it easier for human workers to locate and manage stock.

Automotive Robots

3. Heavy Lifting

Cobots are often equipped with lifting capabilities, allowing them to handle heavy or bulky items that may be challenging for human workers. They can safely move and transport these items, reducing the risk of injuries and increasing efficiency.

Food & Beverage Cobots

4. Collaborative Packing

Cobots can work alongside human workers in the packing area. They can assist with tasks such as sealing boxes, applying labels, or stacking items, making the packing process faster and more streamlined.

How can Cobots assist with Production?

1. Calculate the Annual Savings: Subtract the annual labour cost savings from the cobot cost.

2. Determine the Payback Period: Divide the cobot cost by the annual savings to calculate the payback period.

   Payback Period = Cobot Cost / Annual Savings £40,000 leaving £60,000 to pay

   Payback Period = £100,000 / £40,000

   Payback Period = 2.5  years (approximately)

However they don’t take holidays or breaks so theoretically you are getting that 110% input, free overtime and weekend working the reality is most cobot applications have payback periods of well under a year if you consider £50,000 to £75,000 as a more average figure per installation

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