Cobots, here’s a word that not everyone knows, but yet these articulated arms are already everywhere. Used in industries as diverse as assembly line manufacturing, food processing, surgery and even precision mechanics, these lightweight and compact robots are slowly changing the face of modern work. In this article, we develop two fundamental ideas of collaborative robotics.
First, the word cobot is the contraction of the words robot and collaborative, which implies that these machines are not there to replace humans, but to help them in their task. Then, we talk about how to set it up and the infinite possibilities offered by this technology, for SMEs as well as for large factories.
Cobots are developing at breakneck speed
The appearance of the cobot concept dates back to 1999, when an American firm invented the first prototypes of articulated arms supposed to help workers in their daily tasks. At the time, the priority of companies was to minimize the involvement of workers in work that was dangerous, dirty, expensive or without added value. The cobot industry was initially confined to a few warehouses and production lines, but thanks to their possibilities, cobots began to infiltrate various industries.
In 2008, collaborative robotics made its merry way in France, which was beginning to show interest in these new kinds of machines. Indeed, they are able to perform their work with a rapid pace and never get tired. A dream for many employers trying to increase their productivity. Since 2008, it is considered that more than 60% of French industries have used the installation of a fleet of cobots, why not yours?
The cobot can do everything
The advent of the cobot is often compared with industrial robots, much heavier, cumbersome and expensive machines that appeared in the 1960s. Industrial robots tend to completely replace the work of a worker or factory employee, while cobots are intended to collaborate with humans, without causing them to lose their source of income.
Because the applications of the cobot are multiple and these machines have been perfected over the years. Assembly, handling, carrying heavy loads and washing floors: there is no job that the cobot cannot perform thanks to advanced programming and state-of-the-art safety systems. The important thing to remember is that collaborative robotics does not eliminate jobs, but allows the worker to free himself from unrewarding or extremely tiring tasks.
Boosted productivity, reduced costs
As a business leader, you are surely listening when you are offered solutions to increase your income and reduce the operating costs of your industry. The good news with robotic technology is that you can achieve profitability in less than a year after implementing cobots in your organization. Of course, they represent a cost, but the return on investment of these machines is much faster than with industrial robots.
The cobots offer a guarantee of flawless and fast work and allow your company to focus on the essentials. Most employees appreciate the installation of these machines because they drastically simplify their lives.
Cobotics and security
The safety of your employees is a main concern for the company, and the cobots meet strict specifications that leave no room for chance. Cobotic solutions have a safety system that reinforces the harmony between man and machine. Cobots are equipped with sensors that allow them to detect human presence. They can slow down when they detect you or even stop altogether.
With extensive training, managing the presence and work of a cobot is a breeze for any employee. You can therefore benefit from a turnkey training that will guarantee that employees will know how to use these machines in complete safety.
Installation and programming
What propels the cobot to the rank of important ally for workers in all industries is first of all its simplicity of assembly. This is because these machines are designed for easy assembly and they are made from sturdy yet lightweight materials. The rule is that building your first cobot will take you some time, but building the others will be a snap, and why not a pleasure.
Cobots are sold with system applications that have been perfected over the years and are essential for their operation. In truth, it is not difficult to program a cobot when you have had solid training. It is even very easy to interact with the machine to tell it what to do and for how long. Universal Robots solutions provide accelerated training and refresher training for all employees involved in working with these machines.
Legal framework for cobotics
It goes without saying, but the use of a fleet of cobots is accompanied by a strict legal framework which is governed in France by an agreement on collaborative machines. This framework imposes obligations on the builder who must provide training and guarantees to the company. The employer must also provide employees with the best possible working conditions.
Cobotics: did you know?
Cecic is not a surprise, but the demand for cobotics exploded during the health crisis. Indeed, cobots have been able to help thousands of caregivers in their daily tasks while drastically reducing the risk of contamination. They have also been used in vaccine testing thanks to their ability to handle dangerous products.
Cobots are the pros of teamwork, and we distinguish two general uses that can be made. First, you can let the cobot perform a task on its own. Of course, you have to program it beforehand to accomplish these jobs. But you can on the other hand interact live by manipulating the cobot by yourself. Surgical operations were carried out remotely thanks to this system. When we tell you that cobots can do everything!