Advantages of Using Collaborative Robots

Universal Robots has revolutionized the robotics industry by producing modern high quality robots meant to benefit businesses, plants and factories seeking to automate their production activities.

These game changing industrial robots from Universal Robots known as collaborative robots or cobots have a unique feature that eliminates the dangers common with traditional robots which were kept at a protected working space, the cobots on the other hand work together with the human employees at the same work stations hence the name collaborative.

There are currently three types of cobot sizes namely the UR3, UR5 and UR10 with improved model versions of each robot size in the Universal Robot’s e-series platform. The versions are UR3+, UR5+ and the UR10+. The smallest of the cobots is the UR3 with a payload of three kilograms, UR 5 with a payload of five kilograms and UR10 with ten kilograms.

These robots present the users with great benefits to enhance automation and increase the overall production of the industries that adopt their use. Here are the main benefits of using cobots.

  • Collaborative and Safe

What makes the cobots modern and efficient is their ability to work alongside their human counterparts at the same workstation safely with no risks associated. This is a great improvement from the previous models, which required a different workspace with relevant security and protective measures put in place. The safety features of the cobots include customizable stop time and distance limits to enhance a mutual working relationship where the workers are in control.

These cobots are also useful in conducting strenuous tasks in risky or even dull working environments hence protecting the workers from any dangers involved in risky production activities and giving them the opportunity to concentrate their time and energy in engaging in safer, constructive tasks.

  • High Return on Investment

Not only are the cobots affordable to acquire, but are also cheap to maintain since they do not have any traditionally added costs of programming and safety guarding. This makes them a suitable robotic automation option for the small and medium-sized companies who previously viewed the use of robots as a practice done by large industries only.

They also have a faster payback of less than a year when extensively put into use. The cobots enable companies to increase their production output with minimum human labor force needed since a collaborative robot can work non-stop for a long period of time (they do not demand holidays, day offs or occasional leave) hence minimizing labor costs, which translates to an increase in profit.

  • Unlimited Application

Collaborative robots are not restricted to a specific industry or application on the contrary they are very flexible and efficient in any task one programs them to perform.  

They are portable and space saving, which makes them easy to redeploy to various applications without the need to alter the production layout. One can shift the cobot from one task to another and reuse the previous programs for tasks that are recurrent hence. Universal Robots also provides a wide variety of accessories and software’s  for customizing the cobots to enable them meet the desired configuration and application needs of the customers from palletizing, packaging, machine tending and any complex process automation.

  • Easy to Set-up and Program

Universal Robots have simplified the process of setting up the robots from weeks to just a matter of hours. With an intuitive user interface that is plug and produce, the cobots are easy to install and integrate into the workstation. They do not need any special electrical installations just connecting them to a regular power outlet.

To program the cobots all you have to do is move its arms to the desired waypoints since they have a highly sensitive integrated force torque sensor. The user friendly teach pendant enables anyone to become a robot programmer.

Conclusion

It is clear that cobots offer the best solution in automation of the various production and manufacturing environments. Companies that have already acquired these robots can attest to the above stated benefits, which in turn have enabled them to increase their productivity and profitability.

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