Industry 4.0, co-robots will accelerate their entry into smart factories

2020-07-20 1328
In recent years, co-robots have begun to lead the growth of the robot market. According to research data, by 2021, the sales volume of co-robots will reach 15W units, and the sales are expected to reach 2 billion US dollars. More industries have begun to introduce co-robots to find a new automated future.

Compared with traditional industrial robots, co-robots that target humans are obvious. When a fixed traditional industrial robot works independently, it needs to keep a distance from people. Due to the inherent safety of co-robots, such as the application of force feedback and collision detection, the safety of the integration of humans and co-robots is guaranteed. Co-robots with sensors and safety functions that limit power and power make it possible to cooperate between robots and humans, thereby shortening the production process, increasing productivity, reducing error rates, and making human work more efficient and valuable, but it cannot replace humans. It can be said that the reason why co-robots stand out is that they can play a role in all areas of work done by hand.

1. The co-robot is easy to program.

Some new co-robots are designed to be user-friendly and easy to program, so they do not require engineers to operate. Some robots even have a manual guidance function, and co-robots can learn examples and guides based on a series of operations required to complete programming tasks.

2. Simple programming and the short time

The longer it takes to build an automated system, the higher the initial investment cost. Staff training, production interruptions, and the high cost of having to hire external service providers may prolong the return on investment. For small and medium enterprises, this may cause many problems. This was taken into consideration when designing co-robots, as well as the need for out-of-the-box functionality. The pre-programmed software allows users to install the robot themselves so that users can install the robot in less than 30 minutes. Also, the flexibility of installing co-robots in a short time increases productivity and return on investment.

3. Co-robots that can be used for different purposes

One of the main characteristics of co-robots is flexibility. Designing co-robots for new tasks is simple and does not require external service personnel. This brings versatility to the production line, and it is easy to set up co-robots to perform a series of different tasks on the same day, or to specify work dates for certain tasks.

Co-robots can be easily integrated into agile systems because they enable users to quickly respond to design changes and reset the co-robot accordingly.
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4. Consistency of results

Robots are never tired, so their results are more consistent and accurate than humans doing the same job. This makes them particularly suitable for monotonous tasks because they can perform simple actions again and again without reducing the quality of the work. Once established, co-robots can perform the same tasks with the same capabilities.

5. Positive impact on employees

Manufacturing workers generally worry that they will be replaced by robots. After all, they have the advantages of being faster, more accurate, and tireless. "But the fact is that the possibility of this happening is too low. Especially in enterprises with high mixing rate and small mass production, due to the high cost and low flexibility of traditional industrial robots. This is now known. The fourth industrial revolution opened the door. Information technology is used in intelligent manufacturing to enable humans and co-robots to work together without reducing the size of the personnel. Workers are not replaced by machines. Instead, through the use of co-robots, workers can save repetitive processes, reduce time, and be able to handle more complex tasks, thereby improving the daily experience of workers.

6. Improve productivity and optimize processes

In the process of taking over human employees, it is difficult for employees to concentrate or maintain the same level of performance for a long time, and the accuracy of the robot reduces the possibility of malfunctions and product defects to almost zero. Quickly changing the tasks performed by co-robots helps workers optimize production lines and reduce costs while maintaining high standards of product quality.

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